The Neon Demon (2016) Short Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn
Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena MaloneKeanu Reeves

The latest movie by Winding Refn, The Neon Demon, can be described as a visually stunning and simple-plotted metaphor. Refn’s directing style can finally be settled on this work, as it turns a seemingly simple situation into an absurd and somewhat horrifying take on nowadays pop/fashion industry.

Although the story may be taken as dragged or completely absurd after a certain point, the visual illusions proposed by the script alerts the watcher about the ending, and, after some thought, turns out that it might really be the only way the story was supposed to be going.

mv5botkwzjeym2mtzdm5ni00odlmltg3ngytnmjhm2mzoge1otm3xkeyxkfqcgdeqxvynjm2ntizmti-_v1_sx1777_cr001777747_al_1The cast has made a mysteriously solid group of characters, well played specially by the two other rival models (Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee) – whom also showed a little more skin than necessary and ended up confusing many watchers as to their role in the story. With no real friends or protectors, Elle Fanning’s Jesse would’ve probably been less gullible in real life, but within the movie’s universe she played her unfortunate role decently.

A special ovation is destined to the movie’s cinematographer (Natasha Braier), as the concept and technique applied to screen were breathtaking good news. The movie itself is worth watching only for the visuals – production design added.

A shot: meeting in the restaurant



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