Harmony Korine is one of the most noteworthy artists of our time. Love him or hate him, the man manages to make films that are both well made and are entertaining to both hear about and then actually see. What guy isn’t going to at least listen to the idea of a film with a bunch of good looking, scantly clad Disney college girls on Spring Break? But Once Korine entices you with the concept of Spring Breakers, he reels you in and you find yourself watching what ended up being a pretty decent flick.
Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch should be jealous.
But despite the concept of a bunch of girls on a wild Spring Break, the best thing in the film is James Franco who plays a sleazy rapper and drug dealer and the driving force behind the movie. say what you will about the final product from Korine, Franco was brilliant in Spring Breakers and is very deserving of a supporting actor nomination come this January.
James Franco completely immerses himself in the role of Alien. If he was wearing make up or if this was a green screened CGI performance, (like Johnny Depp in Rango,) you would totally not notice that it is him. It’s something he has done time and time again in his career and he’s only barely been recognized for it. You do not picture James Franco as the Wizard in Oz, the Great and Powerful. You do not picture James Franco as the stoner in Pineapple Express. You just can’t imagine the roles he plays if you look at him outside of cinematic context. He’s dreamy, good looking and not the type of person you’d think of as an acting chameleon.
It’s not the best film of the year, but how many of the Supporting Actors that get nominated were in films you’ve heard of? I’m sorry but how many people rushed out to see Sessions when Helen Hunt was nominated last year. Does anyone even remember that Nick Nolte was nominated for Warrior in 2012?
As much as some people don’t want to admit it, Franco is one of the most talented actors of this generation. His role in Spring Breakers needs to be recognized and there’s a fair chance and good argument that it might be.