American Honey (2016)
Critic Consensus: American Honey offers a refreshingly unconventional take on the coming-of-age drama whose narrative risks add up to a rewarding experience even if they don't all pay off.
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American Honey is undeniably gorgeous. It's drenched in color; it drips with it like, yes, honey. In the center of it all is Sasha Lane as Star, just as bright (if not brighter), and impossible not to watch.
It's the strategic vaporousness of the entire enterprise-its canny refusal to be "about" anything except an immersion its own roiling, over-conscientiously detailed millennial milieu-that rankles.
Lane is a find -- bruised, soft, dreamy, hopeful -- and the film is at its strongest exploring the erotic chemistry between her and LaBeouf.
The film is much too long with occasional false notes -- overwrought scenes which strain credibility... But Lane, who's never acted before, gives an astonishingly complex and persuasive performance.
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Almost three hours of film is too much for me to endure a director who doesn't seem to know how to use a camera (I guess she must find focus an overrated feature) and a self-indulgent, directionless narrative that is full of annoying characters and doesn't go anywhere.
I don't like quoting other reviewers in my own review, but I think Eric Kohn of Indiewire sums it up perfectly by saying "American Honey" invokes the explosive sense of liberty that comes with living dangerously." I couldn't have said it better myself. There is nothing like watching a film which involves scenarios that I've never had to deal with. In that way, there's a keen sense of truth and honesty to the story. None of the actors feel like they're acting, which is one of the greatest compliments an actor can be given. Everyone has chemistry and everyone looks like they're enjoying what they're doing. So even though I can't outright say I relate to any of the characters, I can appreciate watching people do what they have to do to survive. At almost 165 minutes, American Honey is a long watch, and can be difficult when the plot seems to lead nowhere, but I'll always consider a new experience a worthy experience. And certainly spending time with a dozen magazine salesmen and women who travel the country and scam people to stay alive is a new experience. Long but inevitably inspiring, American Honey is one of the more unique films you'll see. 7.3/10
Quite a unique and remarkable film, that has superb acting. They did the messy takes in this movie which was quite refreshing, it is all not clean cut frames and images. Was not a fan of the heavy drug usage, but understand the traveling door to door salesman.
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