Who is the Neon Demon in “The Neon Demon”?
It’s a fair question, as the latest from Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is purposefully ambiguous as to whether the entity of the title is a specific person or being or maybe instead the hunger for fame and its flashbulb shine of glamour and beauty. Or perhaps it is that indefinable, ineffable “it” some people possess — or even the city of Los Angeles itself.
During production of the film in spring of last year, as the sun set over a ramshackle motel on the outer edges of Pasadena, costar Keanu Reeves laughed at the question.
“We’re all the Neon Demon,”...