The Neon Demon (2016) Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

All I know about this is that Nicolas Winding Refn is directing it and it has a cool poster that I saw once and now won’t allow myself to look at again until I see the movie. Happily it does come out in my area and it appears to have a fairly decent release of 783 theaters.

I really hope this is going to be good. Sorry for not having too much info for you. If you are interested in the trailer, you can find it here.

I hope the demon looks like the scorpion from the driver’s jacket.

Nicolas Winding Refn is like Paul Thomas Anderson for me. I love both of them as directors and will see their films based solely on their names being attached, but I don’t come away from their films feeling entertained so much as challenged. Challenged by the imagery they use, the themes they explore, and the long stretches of nothing they use to highlight those moments in which something does occur.

I keep meaning to track down more Nicolas Winding Refn movies after I watched Drive earlier this year and loved it so much. I just haven’t had time. There’s two waiting for me in my U.S. netflix queue I believe.

Just be advised that Drive is easily his most commercial film and Rent has vowed to not meet expectations of people who loved Drive in any of his future films.

Oof. Not a fan of this one. An overly long, too obvious fable about narcissism.

Did you see Only God Forgives? I’m curious to hear how those compare because it seemed like they might be similar in tone.

I liked Only God Forgives quite a bit more than this. It was also very stylized and arty, but the characters were much more interesting. I think that Refn made a poor thematic choice this time and that his subject matter was not nearly as deep as he wishes it was. Elle Fanning is great as the protagonist, but her story arc is too conventional to be satisfying. There is also a big time actor in a small role that I liked a lot as well. Refn could have made a very cool movie about her relationship with him but he chose to go with the fashion angle that I found dull at best.

I just want to thank marquac again for the warning that the trailer reveals the whole story. Judging from Kemper’s posts, marquac was spot on. It really reveals the whole story.

EDIT: Wait a minute, I googled the movie, and it’s already out! That’s a surprise. I’m more used to Qt3 starting threads for movies 2 years before release, so you’ll have to forgive me.

The movie implied by the trailer would have been better (and potentially less formulaic) than what ended up on the screen.

Well, there are a few things that aren’t ruined in that trailer. But I’m going to have to bite my tongue until this week’s podcast. :)



Great film / Great show - good back n forth