📽Neon Demon (2016) is a horror movie written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson, Only God Forgives) starring : Elle Fanning, Jena Malone , Karl Glusman, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Christina Hendricks and Keanue Reeves.
The story is about A girl named Jesse who has just moved to LA to be a model, her innocence and beauty together has gotten her so much attention that overnight she becomes the “It” girl of fashion world which results into her fellow model rivals targeting her.
Nicolas Winding Refn has directed one of my all time favorite movies : Drive (2011) his latest movie shows he has lost his mojo after that. Neon Demon is a clear example of Style over substance and boy these two get farther away from each other as the movie advances towards the end. The casting is on point : Elle fanning is born for a role like this and we cannot take our eyes off of her. Keanue Reeves is a scene stealer and the style is on point. This movie is one gorgeous shot after another with stylish frames and beautiful scenery. Refn has used his frequent collaborator Cliff Martinez for yet another amazing soundtrack to enhance the scene.
But when we get to substance it’s disappointing. The movie starts with a lot of promise and suspense but as time goes by it loses steam and logic and by the time we get to the third act we get to “What are we watching” territory.
The ending is kind of a mindfuck that you will either hate or you love but either way the movie falls short of what it promised in the first half. This movie’s symbolism and surrealism is in there and while I loved parts of it I cannot bring myself to like it as a whole.
I think everyone will enjoy it better as a Art Museum Video or a masterclass of how to make a feast for eyes, other than that it shouldn’t be that highly regarded
In conclusion i have mixed feeling about Neon Demon, it has fantastic stylish work and if you can get past the weaknesses of the story maybe you can love it for the sake of visuals.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ of five.