|Spring Breakers: Vanessa Hudgens as Candy, she's the Ishtar of this shit.|
d. Harmony Korine
It seems impossible to me that someone could go to Spring Breakers and actually write a review where they make statements like "I didn't like it." or "Spring Breakers is a bad movie." If you didn't like Spring Breakers, you are an idiot, and if you can even contemplate saying "Spring Breakers is a bad movie." You have bad taste in art.
In fact, Spring Breaker is an amazing movie. As should be clear to anyone who sees the film, Harmony Korine has created a contemporary retelling of the classic "Hero's Descent into the Underwold" one of the most long-standing enduring myth's of world culture. The oldest telling is the pan-Ancient Near East myth of Tammuz and his mother/love Aphrodite/Ishta/Inanna:
|Inanna Goddess of Heaven and Earth, Akkadian|
According to the myth of Inanna's descent to the underworld, represented in parallel Sumerian and Akkadian tablets, Inanna (Ishtar in the Akkadian texts) set off for the netherworld, or Kur, which was ruled by her sister Ereshkigal, perhaps to take it as her own. Ereshkigal is in mourning at the death of her consort, Gugalanna (The Wild Bull of Heaven Sumerian Gu = Bull, Gal = Great, An = Heaven). She passed through seven gates and at each one was required to leave a garment or an ornament so that when she had passed through the seventh gate she was a simple woman, entirely naked. Despite warnings about her presumption, she did not turn back but dared to sit herself down on Ereshkigal's throne. Immediately the Anunnaki of the underworld judged her, gazed at her with the eyes of death, and she became a corpse, hung up on a meathook. (WIKIPEDIA)
|Spring Breakers: Ashley Benson as Brit, the Ereshkigal of Korine's retelling of Inanna's descent into the underworld.|