Review: The Neon Demon (2016) (Style Over Substance?)

the neon demon

“Am I staring?”

‘The Neon Demon’ is unlike any other film you will see this year. Of course, you could say that about any film by Nicolas Winding Refn, such as his last film, ‘Only God Forgives’ (click here for my review of it!). It’s true that his films are (mostly) a triumph of style over substance, but his style is something to behold. From the moment ‘The Neon Demon’ began to the end, I was enraptured by the events that unfolded on the screen. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I’ve been told that Refn’s films are to be experienced, not analysed. ‘The Neon Demon’ is an experience to lose yourself in. There are failings here and there, but overall I’d say it is Refn’s greatest film yet, one that I’ve struggled to get out of my head since I watched it a few days ago. Continue reading