Nicolas Winding Refn’s The NEON DEMON, starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, fashion model Abbey Lee and… Keanu Reeves, is Rfen new film about an aspiring model in the L.A. fashion Jungle. It is as thin as his own Only God forgives (2013). Whether you like a real storyline or not is up to you.
You get your routine Refn collage of situations and monolithic persona blend together to justify a string of well crafted images cradled in heavy sounds with on the note (electronic) music from everlasting collaborator Cliff Martinez.
The NEON DEMON doesn’t cover new territories, so you’ll probably get what you expect. It bears Refn 80’s film buff references (the wild cat sequences right from Cat People…) and his «taste» for cold clean violence as well as women playing beautiful statues by Hollywood standard ( at least it goes with its subject) and a (deliberate?) lack of substance.. .
MPAA Restricted classification contains one funny bit of description: «… scene of aberrant sexuality» …