Following suit, Nicholas Winding Refn produces another gorgeous slow-burner that holds a knife to the slender neck of the fashion industry.
The Low Down:
Jesse is new in L.A and to the modelling scene. With her entrancing beauty she inspires lust, awe, and in some envy.
Running Time: 1:57 Minutes
Director: Nicholas Winding Refn
Cinematographer: Natasha Braier
Refn is a visionary. From Drive (2011) to The Neon Demon (2016), he has created films that make you pause in their beauty. The Neon Demon is no different, characters themselves are drawn to Jesse like audiences are drawn to Refn’s films. However, the dividing line is the plot. While it’s interesting (maybe dull for others), Jesse’s troubles are predictable. The climax and denouement can be seen a mile off, and unfortunately, this takes away a lot from the film.
One thing is for certain. The Neon Demon is gorgeous. The colour palette, the cinematography, and some shots and stills could easily be found in an art gallery. Fans of Refn will love this film, others may fall in love with it, and some may find it entirely disappointing. Polarising, to say the least.