Spring Breakers Movie Review – What Was That?
Sometimes you make an attempt at doing something great and miss by an inch. In this case, the miss was unfortunately not even that close.
Spring Breakers tells the tale of of four college girls, played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson & Rachel Korine, who are desperate to escape their day to day college boredom and indulge in the ever-so exciting tradition of Spring Break. Through an unusual set of circumstances, they manage to secure the necessary funds to head out to the glorious adventures that awaits. Needless to say, hijinks ensue…and by hijinks, I mean a set of pretty hard to swallow series of events that lead to what ultimately is the downfall of this movie.
But I am getting ahead of myself. Before I knock you over the head with everything that didn’t work in this movie, let’s look into what did:
– Girls Rule: The cast of this movie is well known for their Disney/Teen ties and one could easily expect this movie to be either a terrible fit for their image. Thankfully, I am happy to say that I was impressed by the quality of the performance of these young ladies as they made their characters interesting to watch. Special mention to Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson who each deliver a very intense and memorable performance.
– Franco, James Franco: Props to Mr Franco for taking what could have been one of the most ridiculously stereotypical characters to ever grace the pages of a script and making him the highlight of the film. It’s hard to describe him fully without spoiling the fun of seeing Franco do some of his best work. Something to watch for indeed.
Unfortunately, this is where things stop working and go downhill. Let’s jump into what didn’t work:
– One Direction Please: The film is edited in a somewhat unusual fashion as there are a lot of jumps in time with flashbacks and flashforwards. While that could have been pretty cool to see if it helped the story move along, it didn’t work at all in this case. It ended up being pretty confusing to watch at times as you would ask yourself: “Wait, is this now or later?”.
– When Nudity Goes Wrong: I am never bothered nor offended by nudity and when I say never, I mean never. What does bother me though is when nudity stops making sense. Let me be clear, I am not referring to gratuitous nudity which is par for the course in R-Rated films. No, I am talking about literally inserting frames of topless ladies every 5 mn for no reason whatsoever. It honestly got too distracting.
– Yeah Right: While the performance of the leading ladies and Franco was believable, the characters’ decision making was questionable at best, if not downright ludicrous at times. Now, I don’t know if the editing made it worse but the number of stupid decision making was just littering the film especially in the last half of the movie. From one character to another, it seemed that reason was something elusive most of the time and it all lead to a lot of eye-rolling from yours truly.
I could keep going but I think you get the picture.
Ultimately, Spring Breakers seems to have been an attempt at making an indie cult film for the college kid generation. What it ended up being was more of a student film with a decent budget and recognizable names; think a somewhat deeper Jersey Shore with more nudity and guns.
Not worth watching in theaters in my opinion. If you are really curious, wait for it on DVD or Netflix so that that you can fast forward through the random boobs scenes; that will shave off a good third of the movie, I promise.