- Published on Monday, January 28 2013
- Written by Guest Contributor
Last week, my friend and lovely editor, Katie Marzullo, brought two things to the attention of all you wonderful readers out there. The first was that the new trailer for Spring Breakers had debuted and the second was that I had said I thought it was going to be one of the greatest movies ever made. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet then please do so by following this handy hyperlink. Now, saying that this will be the greatest movie ever might be a slight exaggeration on my part. I don’t think that Spring Breakers will ever be mentioned in the same sentence as, say, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (unless that sentence is: “I don’t think Spring Breakers will ever be mentioned in the same sentence as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”). However, I do feel within my heart of hearts that Spring Breakers has something special to offer the movie-going public -- BIKINIS!!! Well… it probably has more going for it than that. Below are three reasons why Spring Breakers may actually turn out to be a cinematic gem. And I can assure you that, as I delve into the details, I’ll have more on my mind than just cute girls in bikinis.
1. Cute Girls In Bikinis
If you watched the trailer, then it’s quite obvious that our four female leads spend most of the movie wearing bikinis. This is a fantastic idea.
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Oh, okay, okay, I’ll explain further. I believe there are a couple of reasons as to why the decision was made for these gals to sport nothing but bikinis for 99.9999% of the film. The obvious reason is that they are simply using their sexuality to accomplish their goals, but I think it goes beyond that. Aside from getting a certain demographic HUGELY interested in the movie, the chosen wardrobe for our leading ladies also hints at themes of vulnerability and a resurgence of primal instincts. For too long, the bikini has merely been seen as little more than a brilliant fashion invention, but I believe this film will expose the bikini’s true potential as a representation of the darker side of the human spirit. (I can assure you that I am not being serious.) These girls have decided to take what they want in life, and they are not going to let their inhibitions or any modern social conventions get in the way. The bikinis represent their reversion back to mankind’s primal roots as well as an exposure of their new way of living, which is to stop hiding behind morality and to fully give in to desire. They are going to get everything they want out of life and nothing will stop them. The lack of clothing also serves to remind us that these ladies are still vulnerable despite their newfound belief in violence for the sake of personal gain. Most people would not wear bikinis when engaging in gunplay, unless they were really brave or a character from a Japanese anime. But the bikinis will serve as a reminder to audiences that these girls are not invincible. This will, in turn, create concern for their well-being and may eventually cultivate some sympathy towards them as well. Now, maybe I’m just kidding myself for thinking too deeply about what I shall now refer to as "the bikini decision”, but I refuse to ignore the philosophical intentions that I’m sure the filmmaker had when he decided to make this movie.
2. The Senseless Corruption of Youth… While Wearing Bikinis
It was not merely happenstance that the director, Harmony Korine, cast two former Disney Princesses in this film. The past works of Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens will, alone, hammer home the idea of innocence being corrupted. It honestly makes the story all the more terrifying when you think about the fact that, on the surface, there is seemingly no real reason for these girls to do what they are doing. They all appear to be attending a good college and none of them look like they’re suffering from any mistreatment. Maybe that will prove to be untrue once the film is released and we get a chance to see it, but again, I feel that it makes the story all the more unsettling if their fall from grace is merely born out of pure greed and nothing else. The film would essentially play on the fear that most parents in America have -- that no matter how hard they try, their child will still turn out to be bad. And, of course, we must remember that this degradation of innocence is happening to four girls clad only in bikinis. Did I mention before that they only wear bikinis in this movie?
3. James Franco Plays a Gangster Called Alien... And Is Surrounded By Girls In Bikinis
James Franco is a man of many talents. Whether he’s acting funny alongside Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express, or battling Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man, or battling his own arm in 127 Hours, Mr. Franco has proven that he cannot be tied down to just one kind of role. In Spring Breakers, Franco sports corn rows, gold teeth, and goes by the name Alien. And, lest we forget, he does all of that while engaging in nefarious activities with four beautiful ladies in bikinis. This is a fantastic idea.
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No, seriously, I’ve got nothing else.
Greg McIver currently resides in New York City. Check out his other reviews and articles at www.nerdtopiacast.com, and be sure to tune in to his weekly podcast Filmtopiacast 3000 which is currently available on YouTube, iTunes, and Stitcher.
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