Going to see this movie, I honestly had very low expectations. Just the name “Spring Breakers” had me doubt that this movie would be any good. And can I mention the cast? Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine. It felt like it was going to be a Disney channel exclusive that somehow got onto the big screen.  But I when I say that I was wrong… I was wrong. This movie has so many elements to it that make it a beautiful masterpiece.  Starting from the editing to cinematography to the overall very impressive acting from the whole cast.

Starting out, this is a film from Harmony Korine who is known for his shorts (Kids, Gummo).  In the movie “Spring Breakers” Korine portrays the lives of four college students who are eager to get away from their boring lives and go to spring break in St.Petersburg, Florida.  They find out that they don’t have enough money to go on spring break so they decide to go rob a restaurant to get the money. While they are in St.Petersburg they find out that things are not what they expected, and end up doing things that end up changing their lives forever.

This movie is not about four girls who go on spring break and have fun.  Korine makes the point to have the themes of loss of innocence and the process of finding one’s self.  He uses his camera techniques and editing style to make the audience feel uncomfortable throughout the whole movie.  The acting from Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine is unbelievable.  They took these mature, adult roles by storm and show everyone that they are no longer the “Disney princesses.”  And can I say the transformation of James Franco?  Going from “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to this film is unbelievable.

Overall, Korine shows the true reality of the darker side of  life. He demonstrates that when you go looking for “fun” that you may not get the fun that you are looking for.  Spring break is not “forever.”   

-Cole Long


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