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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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*
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 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.
Andrea Arnold's captured/documented alot of worthy watching moments,
I kept thinking about andrea's oscar winning short wasp 2003, her first "girl vs society /man's world", in american honey woman's has more maturity and more confident and power than any film i've seen for andrea,"star" has the quality of shia labuff do it speech, nothing stops her, no fear, superwoman that will never been in DC/marvel worlds.
I appreciate films that executes cultural portraits accurately with crass characters you end up loving like Larry Clark & Harmony Korine films. Andrea Arnold takes you on a ride to White Trash America to study different American social class and the capitalistic maniplulation behind it. Raw filmmaking style! makes you feel the heat inside the car and smell the characters through a voyeuristic pov. 5/5!
Poor girl finds adventurous boy and follows him in a van full of youths in the margin of economic system, through a deep "America". Also following them is Andrea Arnold's style "God will provide", full of anodine camera shake - which lies down on top of a couple fucking in grass- dysfunctional blurs and an absence of look outside give and see its subject. Therefore, i'll stick with "Milestones" and "Zabriskie Point".
One of the year's best. Arnold brings her talent for portraying harsh reality to mid-America with this portrait of the millennial generation and the diluted American dream now reduced to deception, instant gratification and survival. The 4:3 ratio works in capturing this intimately. Sasha Lane is dynamite in her debut here but the integrity of the entire casting process is absolute. Amazing soundtrack selections.