In spite of its gratuitous nudity, largely unlikeable characters and colourful language; Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is still one of the best films of 2013 – mainly for one reason: James Franco. Playing the drug dealing gangster Alien, Franco steals the show. It’s hard to see this grill wearing, cornrowed rapper as the Oz in Disney’s prequel of the classic; the roles are complete polar opposites but both played beautifully. Unlike the trickster Oz, I wouldn’t want to introduce Alien to anyone I knew or cared about.
Everything else about Spring Breakers, Franco’s appearance aside, shouldn’t agree with me. There’s just something about the film that makes me want to go back for more. A hedonistic, repetitive, glorified look at youth; Spring Breakers is surprisingly affecting. Despite having first seen it months ago, the scene where the girls sport pink balaclavas, twirl and dance with their guns as they sing Britney Spears whilst Alien plays his piano by the pool is still with me. Let’s face it, that’s not really a scene you could easily forget.
It’s not like any of the holidays I ever had at university but so what? Be it a critique on the youth of today or just a complete mess, it certainly stays with you. Spriiiinnnnggg Breeeeeaaaak Forreeeevvveeeerrr!