Like many harmony Korine films, “Spring Breakers” to start with seems like a lark: the slo-mo visuals of tough-partying young adults engaged in beachside hedonism against the rambunctious backdrop of Skrillex’s beats could pass on all the time. but additionally like plenty of harmony Korine movies, there’s a great deal extra going on underneath the surface. As this neon-laced odyssey movements along, it shifts into style mode, focusing on the subterranean tale of four university-elderly girls robbing a diner to fund their own wicked ride to the country’s southern tip. once there, they’re rescued from the law with the aid of jubilant crook Alien (height James Franco), whose giddiness over his reckless lifestyle takes the movie into an suddenly candy path. His rallying cry — “have a look at all my shit!” — is straight away cynical and celebratory, epitomizing Korine’s capacity to burrow inner eccentric worlds without judgement.
“Spring Breakers” manages to do this with a unique blend of cartoonish energy and jittery naturalism, mixing his Disneyfied forged (Selina Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens have by no means executed anything this risky, before or since) with real actors and hangout scenes which could as nicely be mini-documentaries. It’s one of the finest birthday celebration films of all time, in component because it manages to empathize with the lifestyle at its center, as opposed to depicting it as a distended punchline. That’s been the throughline in the quality of Korine’s paintings, from “children” to “Gummo” to “Mister Lonely” and “Trash Humpers”; this one consolidates all of those achievements right into a superb eruption of lifestyles on the brink.