NEON DEMON

It’s hard not to be fed up with men telling women that we are constantly competing. Neon Demon is a 90 minute mansplanation of women in society in which most of the female characters are villains. In Nicolas Winding Refn’s attempt to depict the sexualization and corruption of a young girl he succeeds only in sexualizing her on a large scale. Innocent and untouched, Elle Fanning’s, Jesse, is prepared to do anything to break into the modeling world. Refn raises some interesting questions of beauty standards and the value society places on unattainable beauty as well as pressures on women to adhere to specific and contrasting standards. Unfortunately the complex conversations are muddled by the suffocating meditation on female competition and the real-life sexualizing of 17-year old actress Fanning.