Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, fashion model Abbey Lee and… Keanu Reeves, is Refn’s new film about an aspiring model in the L.A. fashion jungle. It is in the same minimalist vein as his own Only God Forgives (2013). Whether you like a ‘usual’ storyline or not is up to you.
You get your Refn style collage of situations and monolithic persona blended together into a string of carefully crafted images cradled in heavy sounds with on the note (electronic) music from everlasting collaborator Cliff Martinez.
The Neon Demon doesn’t cover real new territories, so you’ll get what you paid for. It bears Refn 80’s film buff references (the wild cat sequences right from Cat People…) and his obvious tast for cold clean violence as well as women playing beautiful statues by Hollywood standards (at least it goes with its subject) and a deliberate corporeal substance.
MPAA Restricted classification contains this funny bit of description: “… scene of aberrant sexuality” …