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The Neon Demon, seeps into you mind, spilling perceptions of today's models in the modeling industry. Director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive and Only God Forgives) will leave you sitting on your couch in shrills and wishing that you didn't eat that late night snack.
Review by: Ashley Van Camp
Want to see how far girls will go just to obtain beauty? Watch The Neon Demon, these girls have killer looks and some have looks to die for. Director and screenwriter Nicolas Winding Refn, who brought you Drive, with Ryan Gosling as the main star. Now brings you The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning who plays 16 year old Jesse, who came to Los Angeles as an aspiring model. Elle Fanning, Dakota Fanning's sister is more known for her roles in Maleficent and Super 8. Abbey Lee who plays Gigi, a fellow model. Plays a model on screen and off screen, she has appeared in Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, the magazine Vogue and has worked with Calvin Klein.
Lee’s experience in the model industry nailed the perception of how models are perceived in a negative light. Throughout the movie, models like Gigi, who are no longer fresh blood to the model industry seem to to be losing out on modeling gigs due to new girls like Jesse. Jesse holds a porcelain barbie look, with her milky skin, long blonde locks, and small figure. Her beauty is all natural, she quickly learns that not everyone is gifted with being naturally pretty. Some girls go under the shiny knife or do those crazy diets that your friends from high school might had tried. Jesse is magnetizing, when she walks into a room heads turn.
Other models are desirous of Jesse due to her beauty and ability to capture someone just by walking by. The other models like GiGi become so desirous that they will take extreme measures in having her beauty. Jesse might just wish she was never born with the looks she has. The Neon Demon really gives the audience a perspective on model behavior, how girls will do anything to be skinny, pretty, and perfect looking. Refn's heteroclite angle on the issue of models in the fashion industry is a must watch for those who are into outlandish thrills.
The Neon Demon is rated R (Restricted). For disturbing violent content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language.