Film Review: The Neon Demon

Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves

Directed by: Nicolas Wingding Refn

Today I just went and saw the movie, “The Neon Demon” and here is my review.

Plot/Synopsis: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Before you go see this movie, I’ll have to warn you that this movie isn’t for everyone. This is definitely one of those films that will make you say, “What the fuck did I just watch”? If you like David Lynch films and Stanley Kubrick films then you would probably enjoy this one. I got interested in this film after seeing trailers for it online. This is one of those films where you have a hard time understanding what it’s about. Trying to find out what’s going on. You ever watch movies like “Mulholland Drive” and “Eyes Wide Shut”? Well, “The Neon Demon” is kind of like those two films but different.

“The Neon Demon” is a psychological horror and thriller film. The film can get quite intense and graphic, though but the visuals are pretty impressive and stunning. Even the movie was kind of slow pacing, I enjoyed the film a lot. Thought it was great. In the film, it’s about these young girls aspiring to become models. They think they’re beautiful and they know it. So they’re trying to make their dreams come true and they’re not realizing the dangers of what they’re getting into.

The film is kind of creepy and scary. One thing to be aware though that this film is very colorful hence the word “Neon”. Watching this film will make you feel like you’re tripping on acid.

As far as the casting goes, Elle Fanning was a good actress. I really liked her. Keanu Reeves is in it but he only has a small role so he was a cameo pretty much.

It’s a great horror film and probably the best horror film this year. The film actually had unpredictability and the ending was shocking (of course, I won’t give anything away). Not many have heard about this film ’cause it wasn’t promoted much and it’s only playing in selected theaters but I would strongly suggest you to check this movie out, though. It’s a great one and I think I’m gonna get the BluRay when it comes out. I had to see this film out of curiosity.

Score for “The Neon Demon” = **** (4 stars as in “excellent”)


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