“Spring Breakers”: James Franco’s outrageous Gatsby-pocalypse

86cemf “Spring Breakers”: James Franco’s outrageous Gatsby pocalypse

86cemf “Spring Breakers”: James Franco’s outrageous Gatsby pocalypse

I’m tempted to say that you don’t need to wait until May to see the latest neon-colored screen update of “The Great Gatsby” because here it is, with James Franco playing Gatsby as a self-made Florida gangster-rapper millionaire with cornrows, platinum teeth and ridiculous ghetto fashions. (In this reading, Nick Carraway, the narrator-observer-survivor character in “Gatsby,” is played by a quartet of bikini babes.) In case you think I’m making this up, “Spring Breakers” even features an illuminated dock extending into Tampa Bay that represents the fulfillment of the Franco character’s desires, in this case not a reunion with an old flame but the murder of an old friend.Where my theory falls apart, perhaps, is on the presumption that “Spring Breakers” writer-director Harmony Korine has actually read “The Great Gatsby,” or is capable of and/or interested in emulating a literary model. Still, Fitzgerald’s influence could have crept in there by osmosis, and whatever other charges you want to level against “Spring Breakers” – such as incoherence, plotlessness, salaciousness and mind-numbing monotony – it has no lack of high concept. It’s partly a softcore “Girls Gone Wild” spring-break special, featuring formerly wholesome teen-oriented stars Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens; partly an early-2000s episode of “Cops”; partly a deranged, expressionistic crime fantasy; partly a near-abstract study in Florida beachfront light, shot by ace French cinematographer Benoît Debie; and partly a work of James Franco performance art.Continue Reading…

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“Spring Breakers”: James Franco’s outrageous Gatsby-pocalypse

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