Neon Demon – Artistic Movie or Horror/Soft Core Porn?

The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning as you have never seen her before.   We liked most of  this film and Elle Fanning was excellent in it.  However, in the last 20 minutes, it suddenly turns into a combination soft core porn/horror movie. It went from being an artistic movie to exploitative crap in an instant. Suddenly,  instead of  a movie about the competitive high-fashion world,  we were watching a movie with cannibalism and necrophilia.  What happened? It gets so bizarre that we rate this movie 3 Question Marks, instead of Stars. The last time we gave a movie question marks was for Lucy, with Scarlett Johansson.

Elle Fanning in a fashion shoot in The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning in a fashion shoot in The Neon Demon

Jesse (Elle Fanning) is a 16 year-old who has come to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a fashion model.  She is like a thousand other girls, except that she has the beauty to actually make her dreams come true.  Jessie quickly gets noticed by the top photographer in the business, and in doing so immediately gains the hatred of every other model in the city.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Dangers are everywhere for a beautiful young woman making her living being photographed in very skimpy outfits. The cheap hotel where she lives is run by a complete sleaze (excellently played by Keanu Reeves). If you are used to seeing Keanu Reeves as the handsome hero, it will shock you to see him as the perverted motel manager with absolutely no good qualities.

Jean Malone & Ellle Fanning in The Neon Demon

Jean Malone & Ellle Fanning in The Neon Demon

However, as the film progresses it becomes obvious that the other models pose much more of a threat than lecherous middle-aged men.  At least with the men, the danger is obvious.

Elle Fanning is great and this film shows she has the range to play much more complex characters than she has previously.  Unfortunately, this movie will most likely not do well at the box office due to the bizarre way it ends.

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