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
As always, A. Arnold manages to put together a movie that's exciting, beautiful and honest. I enjoyed the performances; the simplicity of the story is refreshing although I missed having a clearer feeling of it ending. Also, I think the movie is a bit longer than needed. Still, a new powerful display of the realness that Andrea and Robbie always manage so beautifully well.
I don't understand the good reviews and high ratings for this film. For me it had none of the magic or the feeling of some of Andrea Arnold's other films. This one just passed by with very little happening and no point at all too it. A very unappealing film as poor and bland as the likes of Spring Breakers, to me.
O filme tem um tom como observando as coisas como elas são - as coisas são afinal feias, horrendas, chocantes e há pequenas transcendências, mas eu não papo disso, estás a olhar para onde queres olhar, confirma-se a perspectiva com as provas, o filme é bem conseguido, aceitando sua condescendência afectada com os pobrezitos brancos dessa americana folclórica
This is my greatest love within cinema: when we casually spend some personal time with a character and their world. Mixing professional actors and non-actors, this film holds something I've had a glimpse of, first hand, in Missouri and Kansas, but never seen on the silver screen. Cheers to director Andrea Arnold.
Ripe for discussions on gender, class, performance, and--not least--cinema's ethical relationship to otherness. Contains some of the freshest scenes of a gauzy new American naturalism, male power in contorted restraint. And yet--must we demand that these characters speak for themselves, in language? Why shouldn't they be able to speak through gesture, through the exhausted camaraderie of a fixed community?
Andrea Arnold's latest feature invokes a certain uncomfortable sympathy for protagonist Star and her posse of magazine-selling miscreants. They are such a realistic physical and mental embodiment of both the American lower class and the American millennial. This near three-hour road trip through the U.S. shows an incredibly raw portrayal of what happens when you become an unwanted product of your environment.
A bittersweet valentine to the forgotten "America". A no escape journey to the harsh reality of a youth without a purpose. An episodic accumulation of contrasts. An interesting juxtaposition of the hand held camera and Robbie Ryan's colorful cinematography.