Oh how I’ve missed you, Nicolas Winding Refn.
Following his modern cult classic an nearly universally acclaimed Drive, Refn followed up with a movie that was not controversial or divisive in any way whatsoever in Only God Forgives.
All jokes aside, this looks like another visual feast from the mad man from Denmark. Colors and glitter sprinkle over gorgeous men and women as sinister undertones seep through every crevice of Los Angeles. What will this movie be about? Why does a cougar jumping around a bedroom? And where is Keanu Reeves? I don’t know. Watching the movie doesn’t mean these questions will come any closer to being answered, but it’ll be worth the price of admission.
He’ll most likely never have another wholly accessible arthouse flick like Drive but he doesn’t need it. The rest of us fans who are in tune to his work and fascinating extremities can recognize his imperfect splashes of violence and neon.
Back in 2014 here’s what Nicolas Winding Refn had to say about the project:
One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. After making ‘Drive’ and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of ‘The Neon Demon.’ This movie is a manifestation of the strong ties between us and will lead to many more adventures.
If this quote sounds interesting but as if it spoken in a manner in which no human actually speaks, you’re one step closer to appreciating the specificity yet broad dialect of a Refn film.
The Neon Demon has no official release date but it will premiere at Cannes.
Featured Image/Trailer: Amazon Studios