Honey Boy ★★★★

Honey Boy has a pair of insanely good performances in Shia LaBeouf and Noah Jupe. The pain and reflection that Shia brings onto the screen is so palpable. Jupe taps into it just as easily as if he'd lived it himself.

There's an incredible scene where Otis is on the phone with his mother. His father (Shia LaBeouf) refuses to speak to her. This forces Otis to have to act as an intermediary in their conversation. Jupe's performance here (and in a later, emotional scene as he watches his dad watching TV) cements himbas an actor whose career will be one to watch.

The emotional journey this movie takes us on is told wonderfully by Alma Har'el's direction. Although at times I felt that the Lucas Hedges side of the narrative weighted the movie unfairly, it was a strong enough "b-story" to bring us to a very satisfying and emotional conclusion.

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