American Honey

American Honey ★★★★½

I had thought to give this movie a three star review, but the last twenty minutes of the movie completely changed my mind. I really wish it didn’t run as long as it did — a good chunk of it could’ve been taken out without ruining the feel of the movie. 

But its long running time doesn’t come any close to ruining the movie. A slow burning, plot-loose drama, it well depicts the feeling of being a young, and truly free millennial. It’s a deeply engrossing character study, and Sasha Lane gave this movie her all, with Shia LaBeouf following steadily behind, acting his heart out in ways we’ve never really seen before.

The cinematography is so gorgeous, I’m still reeling at the thought of it. It felt like a two-hour long music video, and the documentary-style of filming just— I don’t even know how to explain it in words. This movie isn’t meant to get your adrenaline pumping, but you’re meant to feel things, and Andrea Arnold surely succeeds at making me wish I too, could head out an a journey to nowhere, yet with a destination so clear in mind.

This movie exudes independence, dream, love, life. I too, feel like an American Honey.

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