I’m enjoying having Starz, Showtime, and HBO at the house now. My wife selected Spring Breakers on-demand. I really didn’t have much interest in watching it. After it was over, I felt I should have trusted my instinct. I give Spring Breakers the Not a Total Waste of Time rating.
Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Brit (Ashley Benson), and Catty (Rachel Korine) hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break for them and their friend Faith (Selena Gomez). They get arrested at a party and are bailed out by Alien (James Franco) and spring break never seems to end.
Written and directed by Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers feels like a student film at times. It’s artsy, it uses lots of narration, non-linear elements that flow into the linear story, and lots of excessive nudity. It seems like it wants to be great, but comes off kind of ridiculous. I wasn’t thrilled with many aspects of the film, but there are some interesting elements. There is definitely thought that goes into pieces, but it didn’t work for me.
James Franco isn’t my favorite actor. I really found him annoying in this film. It was likely more the writing than his performance, but I didn’t like it either way. The story and the ending especially feel silly and unbelievable. It may have been an attempt at a strong female lead, but that’s not what comes across. The girls are silly, way to into being bad girls, and aren’t really redeemable. Selena Gomez plays the only somewhat ethical one of the bunch and yet still seems to not be the voice of reason.
Girl’s Gone Wild: Criminal Bodies is a better name
Spring Breakers wants to be Natural Born Killers, but comes off like Girl’s Gone Wild: Criminal Bodies. I’m sure this movie works for some people, but the use of repetition both visually and audibly seemed like they scraped footage together to meet a deadline. The rough style doesn’t add to the film in a positive way.