A few days ago I rewatched the Neon Demon.
I remembered just how much I love this movie. It’s not for everyone, most would say that it’s a senseless gore-fest. Though I must admit that it’s style over substance. What kept me mesmerised are the underlying themes and the cinematography. Every scene is a masterpiece of composition and use of colours. And every rewatch adds to a deeper understanding of the whole story.
The overall story is somewhat similar to “The Black Swan”, only set in a different environment. And whether you prefer the ballet-world over the fashion, is your call. Both present the world different yet not so different from ours. They make us aware of our society’s flaws. Like how we decide the value of things. Whether something has value is only decided if everyone agrees on its presumed value. Think of money, beauty, abilities and wealth.
The Danish director Refn paints a world where beauty is the highest currency. An unfair one as not everyone is born equally beautiful. Of course beauty can be created yet it always stays artificial. Our main character has this “thing”. Like one of the other models comments: “What’s it like to walk into a room and it’s like the middle of winter. And you’re the sun?”
Mind that this isn’t a straightforward movie. Maybe first watch “Drive” or “Only God forgives”. Or just watch it for its gore, you decide. It’s not for everyone. Hate it or praise it. As long as it makes you feel something. Refn wants you to be engaged. I’m a little biassed on this subject as The Neon Demon and Refn’s other movies will always be on my favourite movie list. I would still recommend it to anyone who likes to watch something unique and different.