Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Neon Demon - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is twisted, sexual brilliance.
Review by Matt CummingsWhile the 2016 movie season has seen a ton of misses, misfires, and genuine disasters, the same cannot be said for soundtracks. Already, we've witnessed half a dozen memorable contenders, including The Nice Guys, Forza Motorsports 6, and X-Men: Apocalypse. But with the arrival of The Neon Demon - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, there's a new top dog, elevated by sexy dance beats and twisted interludes that make it our new favorite of the year. From acclaimed indie director Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon introduces us to the dark world of fashion modeling. Bright-eyed and busy-tailed Jesse (a very good Elle Fanning) arrives in Los Angeles from Georgia, ready to make the big time. She has only one asset: her incredible natural looks, which quickly gain the attention of the bisexual make-up artist/moonlighting mortician Ruby (an even better Jena Malone). Jesse instantly becomes the flavor of the month as it were in the L.A. fashion industry, setting her against the status quo of using surgically-enhanced models. Enraged by her almost nubile appearance, two models (Bella Heathcote and Abbey Lee) plot her demise, while a seedy hotel pervert (a terrific Keanu Reeves) makes her home life (and many other unsuspecting girls) incredibly dangerous. As Jesse's success begins to corrupt her, she must decide who can be trusted, all while dark forces plot her violent demise. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.