Spring Breakers is one of those sleeper films that will undoubtedly fly under the radar for a few years until it's picked up as a cult favorite like Summer of Sam, City of God, or Blade Runner. The film has a poor reputation for discouraging it's target audience with promises of posh and flair due to it's star driven Disney Channel vet cast, including Gomez, Hudgens along with trailers that misled people into believing it was another teen coming of age movie. What we got was something surreal, vivid and undeniably dark about our millennial youth cultural in this time.
The plot is simple; four college co-eds are bored out of their minds and want to let off steam in Florida during that annual right of passage, spring break. They have little discretionary income, but plenty of angst and time to concoct a plan to rob patrons of a local dinner, and use their earnings to get to their destination. Along the way, they are treated with the waning euphoria of fun without consequences until they are arrested during a drug bust, only to be bailed out by a local drug and arms dealer, the ever amicable James Franco as rapper/thug Alien. A time of leisure is met with firm doses of reality and the rest is history.
Plot wise the movie is simple, in execution the film is complicated. It has been marred by critics believing the movie is about something it's not. Party scenes have a habit of inviting young women who flaunt it all and Spring Breakers is no different. Women's breasts abound in this title about every 8 minutes or so, as does drug use. The message has been lost on critics and skeptics because they're fixating on the superficial, not on what Harmony Korine (the director) intended. Yes, the movie is awash in naked women, psychedelic colors, house/techno/Skrillix remixes and senseless violence. But if you lend a discerning eye and look past the hedonism, the message is absolutely clear, and the movie pops as one of the best representative analogies to today's YOLO culture in media. People live past their youth and do so do WITH their choices.
Media wise, the film is glorious on both DVD and Blu-ray. It's a 5.1 Dolby sound encode, and there's little banding/artifacts in the presentation itself. At times, the grain is crystal, especially during up-close shots. Flesh tones are met with neon pinks, yellows, greens and other hot 80's colors that have come en vogue as of recently, popping off the screen much like the Skrillex tracks do through out the film. The special features contains at least an hour's worth of interviews, a deleted scene, and commentaries by the producers, and are a fairly solid addition as to why the film exists in the first place. They are a mix between standard and hi-def depending on which ones you're watching.
I wholeheartedly recommend Spring Breakers to anyone who can read in-between the lines of a film and pick up subtext, even if it feels like their is none. If you see the movie because you're a Disney Channel fan alone, well you may be disappointed. But if you enjoy films because of their message, especially when it's relatable, Spring Breakers is a film that will stand stronger than any Hanna Montana or Wizards of Waverly Place movie ever could.