In fact, I’d even call myself a fan.
When I first heard that Skrillex would be scoring Spring Breakers, I cringed. As an EDM fan, Skrillex’s involvement in anything I would have otherwise liked is like a death wish.
Before the announcement, I dreamed of Harmony Korine‘s perfect all-star lineup of Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez shedding their Disney halos as they were pulled into obscurity by James Franco in a Floridian Gummo.
It was supposed to be an epic satire of American youth – a youth that loves shitty rave DJs like Skrillex and Avicii.
So how on Earth could you involve one of those aforementioned musical acts in something that only aimed to make fun of him?
This film is supposed to satirize Skrillex, not indulge him by letting him in on the joke.
The Disney girls were cast because they are part of the culture Spring Breakers examines, and were lauded by the media for taking such “serious” roles and being able to abandon their images for the sake of these characters.
I just couldn’t buy, though, that Skrillex could possibly be self-aware enough to understand his role in the production. That they clearly didn’t want him because he makes good music, but because his music is essential in setting the scene for the exposing the shitty realities of youth culture.
Or so I thought.
The thing is, I guess, that I need to give Skrillex more credit. After seeing the movie, he is more self-aware and decent than I ever could have imagined.
Just how the Disney Girls played up their “good-girl” images for years to capitalize on America’s teeny boppers, I suppose Skrillex continues pumping out the horrible, overdone, Americanized “dubstep” at EDC every year because he can still make money (and fans) on it. So why not.
I hope Skrillex fans watch this movie and realize that they are no more than Korine’s characters, except that instead of being actors in a movie, this is real life.
Anyway, as for the rest of the soundtrack, it’s basically a masterpiece. Gucci Mane (who’s featured in the film) and Skrillex tracks serve as the backbone of the album score, which was also worked on by Cliff Martinez (of Drive fame.)
However, the pop hits from Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, M.I.A., Flo Rida, Nelly that are masterfully interwoven into the plot by Korine really put the thing over the edge. They suddenly go from trashy chart toppers to real, honest-to-god, art when inserted into the Spring Breakers universe.
Most memorable of them all is Spears’ “Everytime,” which is now, nine years after its In the Zone release, a part of cinematic history that will be referenced for years to come:
If you haven’t seen it yet, this is a great spot to leave you at and tell you to go pay the $12 to see it at your local cinema. Skip a couple Starbucks and you’ll be even. Oh, and you can pick up the soundtrack here.