Mima Williams: 19/12/16
XOXO is a film depicting multiple stories of young-adults and their adventures at one of the biggest EDM festivals in America. One story follows an aspiring, naïve DJ (Graham Phillips) who is given the opportunity to perform at the festival. He progresses to completely flop this opportunity. But hope is not lost! Somehow he manages to lock up the headlining DJ in his own dressing room and steal his set, only to be welcomed by a cheering crowd who are ever so happy to see that they have paid to watch an amateur headline their festival. In a parallel story, a dewy-eyed, doll looking girl (Sarah Hyland) gets dressed up in entirely impractical clothing consisting of 5inch platformed shoes, neon spacebuns and a sequined miniskirt and matching top- lovely to walk and dance around fields for hours. And of course, no modern day cheesy rom-com is complete without the soppy storyline of these two characters finding each other and romantically making out in front of thousands of complete strangers. What an absolute classic.
Of course, if you don’t believe that this overview is dripping with sarcasm, then you’re sorely mistaken. Although everybody loves a fantasy story, in the sense that reality is glossed over and there is always a happy ending, this movie takes fantasy to the next level, and not in a good way. Not only is none of the film even remotely possible or realistic but it is also littered with absurd neon and impeccable glitter, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many beautifully dressed and clean and gorgeous people in such a short amount of time. The plot of XOXO is about as predictable as an EDM song itself but you can certainly imagine its appeal to the post-SpongeBob pre-Orange is The New Black demographic.
Although the film fails to capture the authenticity of a true festival, hangovers, portaloos and all, it does suffice the hypnagogic appeal of the rave scene, one of which Hollywood often fails to capture.esting and stimulating lecture. Everyone left the room far more wary of the dangers associated with driving, and it served as a great lesson to us all.