A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
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This wilful truncating of possibilities for coverage, découpage, and a more flexible directorial “regard” can seem, at moments, defiantly Bressonian. But, as happens even with the Dardennes, the adoption of such a strict parti pris can also create a host of narrational problems (on the level of: who exactly is doing what here?).
An epic film shot almost exclusively handheld and in 4:3; a coming-of-age proclamation that’s uncannily wise beyond its years; a road movie that eschews genre clichés… For me, it’s tied with Kelly Reichardt’s CERTAIN WOMEN as my favorite film of 2016; both are about women from small places who lead small lives, but with big hearts.
I found so much beauty in those young ones, the filmmaking, just the way Arnold allows them to take to the road and feel it, feel new love, feel fear, feel their sex, that the celluloid almost seems tangible. Like you could touch this movie. It’s that vibrant and alive.
Andrea Arnold's portrait of disaffected, disenfranchised white trash American millennials is the perfect antidote to the depressing debacle that is the worst Presidential race in modern U.S. history. I watched this the day after the 3rd Clinton-Trump debate and now I feel clean again.
A sweet messy american beauty. From a soundtrack featuring the likes of Rihanna, Låpsley, Bruce Springsteen or Ciara, a cameo of Wendy Williams' Hot Topics or Shia LaBeouf's rattail... you can't help but to found love in this hopeless place.
American Honey is a socially conscious road film that isn't afraid to be critical of American life but isn't didactic about it. The performances are great, in particular Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf, whose work here is his best. It's a lively & spirited film, filled with pain & suffering, but also tenacity & resolve. Here is a soulful & bold film about the youth of America, too bad the youth aren't allowed to see it
The drifting “American Honey” is Andrea Arnold’s messiest film with its wobbly narrative and uneven parts, some of them stronger than the whole. However, we still have some captivating moments that accurately reflect a lost American youth… with passion, heart, and dreams.
I really like the details... the little things in all Andreas films. I just can't seem to connect or to see the beauty in the whole thing. At the end I just feel like someone took off my pants, got me hard and then left. Just *meh*
Seems Arnold touched an American Nerve, judging by the media reviews, which range from pointed disdain of her "blatant Christian-bashing" to condescending (distancing) delight at the "unwashed masses". Convenient deflections: from her empathetic truths about growing up in an empire in late-capitalist decline and (worse?) from due recognition of the ecstatic impressionistic flow that is this brilliant piece of cinema.
A modern day They Shoot Horses Don't They? The American dream is a con game, but casting Shia LaBeouf was a mistake: if you follow Minervini's route, don't cast a well known Hollywood actor. AH shines when it depicts the tribalistic rituals of the dead-end neo-precariat: no wonder American film critics hated Arnold's latest (Film Comment, anyone?). They can't stand a Brit showing the huge cracks in the wall.
As hard as it is for me to relate to a heroine who's irresistibly attracted to Shia LaBeouf, I'm still on Andrea Arnold's side. She's one of our most sensually attuned filmmakers, skilled at filtering images through her protagonists' gaze. What holds American Honey back is that its view of American poverty can feel like shallow tourism, or like a "white trash chic" fashion shoot. Bonus star for Sasha Lane.