The Neon Demon, 2016
Watched Apr 25, 2017 • 2/10

I haven’t seen a film this awful in years.

A film about sex, beauty, and desire was ironically unstimulating, while unironically hollow. They had one scene where they spoke on the concept of beauty. And it was apparently written by a 2nd grader.

It was, however, fit full of amateur, trite, yet mesmerizingly colorful style choices. Overall though, it was artistically crude and vapid, like watching an art school reject play with a room full of strobe lights after taking his first hit of acid.

The acting, if you could call it that, was uninspired, dull, and cringe-worthy. Everyone looked kind of bored and dead inside. Hmmm, maybe that was a good directing decision.

The pace and tone were all over the place with spurts of forced tension. It was like someone was trying to give this film the heimlich maneuver while randomly kicking it in the face.

The one thing I’ll give the film was it had great makeup and costumes. I can’t stress how many miss opportunities this film had to at least be slightly entertaining. Overall, however, the film is just a godawful, ugly mess (with supermodels.)