Go and see Spring Breakers!
SPRIIIING BREAK, SPRIIIING BREAK, SPRIIIING BREAK!
Just you try watching Harmony Korine’s so-bonkers-it’s-brilliant new movie Spring Break and not chanting that (in the menacing monster manner of James Franco in the film) for days afterwards. Like most people growing up in the UK, I never went on a Spring Break, the title of this film screamed ‘tacky’, and yet I was completely sucked in. Why? Because Korine (the provocative director of 1990s cult classic Kids) taps into a darkly seductive world as mind-blowing as it is completely unexpected.
Man of the moment James Franco is unrecognizable as Alien, a tattooed, drug-dealing, silver-grill-mouthed rapper in a Hawaiian shirt who ‘rescues’ a group of bikini-clad Spring Breakers from a stint in jail. He almost steals the show from Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez (who alongside Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine make up the gun-toting gang of gals), and they’re both brilliant. Disney? Those days are long gone. There are ‘real’ party scenes (make of that what you will), drug-fuelled orgies, neon pink balaclavas and the most hilarious rendition of Britney Spears’ Everytime you will ever see.
It’s my film of the summer, and it’s not even summer yet. And it almost, almost, makes me wanna go on spring break.