Neon Demon Film Review

This very gorgeous looking film was released only around a year ago and it has just come up on Netflix. I had read about the film being very unusual, maybe challenging. It looked very erotic, stylized and unreal. I expected something kind of psychedelic in a dark and disturbing way.

This is what I got in some round about way. Quite obviously from the start it is heavily inspired by film directors such as David Lynch, Brian De Palma, and European art house films from over the decades. There is also a very strong debt to Italian horror director legend Dario Argento. But did it concentrate too much on the visuals and forgetting about story? I will have to say yes.

I am a big fan of David Lynch and this film plays out very slowly, with very consciously crafted images which do remind the viewer of Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and more. It also made me think of Black Swan, the ballet film starring Natalie Portman. Like that film it focuses on a young insecure woman trying her best in a field of work which places strong emphasis on looks and body image.

The story is really very basic from the start-very young teenage girl goes to the big city for top modelling job. She is very naïve and meets a number of characters who may or may not want to help her on her way up.

It does seem to desperately want to be a great Lynch film. Like some of his films, this one mostly goes at a very slow pace. In films like Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Blue Velvet that is usually fine as Lynch sets a number of things up for the audience to watch for in the story. With this film not too much is really set up at all to care much about. The start of the film looks fantastic and then most of the rest of it really drags along. Keanu Reeves plays an obnoxious and out-of-character motel keeper. Jena Malone is often quite interesting and seems to pull the film along. Sadly at the end she seems to let us down (after a couple of very crazy scenes.)

This is not any kind of bloody horror film if you may be expecting that at all. It could be labelled as psychological horror, yes and does have a handful of horrific moments which are quite surreal. I do think that I could probably watch it again and get more from it but generally I think the director did not really put on screen what he really may have been after which is a shame because I can seem that it could possibly have been something very good.

 

James E. Parsons is an author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century both available from all good bookshops internationally now. His first horror novel is due published later in 2017.

BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER-BILL AND TED 3?

All over the internet about now, there reports of Keanu Reeves having spoken out about some of the plot ideas which may just be contributing toward what might be the very long awaited next BILL AND TED movie. With this I am well pleased.

But how long? It’s around over twenty years since the previous movie, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey hit cinema screens, almost totally unbelievable I know-I was just a little rock dude myself back then-and so could a new sequel really work and seem to continue where the last one finished?

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey were two very enjoyable dumb but great fun teen drop out comedy movies, where time travel took our dim-witted but very likeable duo off to all kinds of crazy places, meeting many famous historical figures, and even themselves in various ways with hilarious results. They created a number of iconic catchphrases, and unforgettable scenes fondly remembered.

But a question that has been around for a good few years now, increasing as time has passed, after the mega success of The Matrix trilogy for Keanu and well, not too much else for Alex Winter. Are the two lead actors just too old to be the iconic heavy headed rock dudes again?

It seems that Keanu thinks the new film would, as he has stated in the past, follow the duo as they have become older, worn out, and uninspired. But his new remarks suggest much better ideas that could be great, which actually sound more along the lines of the first movie, time travel back but with the quest element of the second. I so much hope that it will get the green light and help it needs to hit our screens, as it has been far too long without these two most excellent bodacious dudes around.

Party on, and be excellent to each other!