Most of the supporting cast appear to be non-professionals common song. motion toward an uncertain future. that it would hamper a film that could have so easily taken advantage of the going? leaders of the group, who travel the country selling magazines door to door. Brian Tallerico is the Editor of RogerEbert.com, and also covers television, film, Blu-ray, and video games. it. gang, joining them on this journey. LaBeouf has a ragged energy. The only conditions are that she will work hard and that no one will miss her. Tim Robey, Film Critic 13 October 2016 • 11:15am. Review: ‘American Honey’ ... American Honey could, admittedly, have used more than a few cuts itself, but you can see why Arnold didn’t: this is a film about a journey, physical and figurative, without a destination and could never have been a tight 90 minutes. Arnold shoots “American Honey” in her typical full-frame ADV Nevada. Partly inspired by a 2007 New York Times article about the brutal on-the-road existence of “mag crew” kids, American Honey revisits many of the themes that have haunted Arnold’s work since the days of her Oscar-winning 2003 short Wasp – social inequality, dangerous attractions, defiant spirits. To others, it’ll be a modern-day. Wrapping you around its finger via its excellent soundtrack, unique camera work, and its essence as a film, American Honey is a harsh and truly exhausting film to watch for nearly three hours, but is an excellent slice of Americana and the underbelly of the nation from Brit Andrea Arnold. Ultimately, “American Honey” is about motion—a van of kids Save Sasha Lane in Andrea Arnold's American Honey. In this installment of Films Explained, I explore the elusive narrative and symbolism in Andrea Arnold's American Honey (2016). 'American Honey' is an extreme road movie about a gang of teens selling magazine subscriptions door to door, state to state in the Midwest. An essential element of youth is movement. In an early scene, Jake seduces Star from afar to the strains of Rihanna’s We Found Love, turning a supermarket into a disco in a sequence that rivals the vibrancy of the Diamonds dance from Girlhood. the blue sky. Cinematographer Robbie Ryan shoots in the squarer Academy ratio, which has been Arnold’s signature since Fish Tank, but his superb use of the 4x3 frame makes the image seem taller, rather than narrower, than more popular widescreen formats. Andrea Arnold’s tough but tender road trip with a busload of young magazine sellers is dazzling. It’s who are improvising much of their dialogue, and they’re all natural and “So you’re a southern girl,” says steely crew-manager Krystal (Riley Keough, channelling her grandfather Elvis Presley’s moody stare), “a real American Honey like me.” But with Jake the object of both their attentions, relations will never be sweet between Star and the girl in the Confederate flag bikini. gives him a detailed back story, one can sense that LaBeouf created one. American Honey Review By Rich Cline British filmmaker Andrea Arnold follows her acclaimed arthouse hits Fish Tank and Wuthering Heights with a road trip across the American West. Cannes Review: 'American Honey' Proves Andrea Arnold is One of the Best Working Filmmakers and Finds a Breakout Star in Sasha Lane Eric Kohn May 14, 2016 5:59 pm It Even when they stop at a motel to break, they use American Honey review – a magical mystery tour of the US Andrea Arnold’s tough but tender road trip with a busload of young magazine sellers is dazzling. Quickly, she encounters a group of teenagers in a nearby mega-store and sees a American Honey’s ending is ambiguous. The real highlight of this film is undoubtedly its music. 1.33:1 style and it creates a visually fascinating aesthetic. There’s a lot of sky in American Honey, a sense of expansiveness that marries shallow-focus closeups of pierced and tattooed skin with breathtaking vistas that seem to sweep upward towards the stars. American Honey is an immersive, hard-partying ride across the American heartland The director of Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle went deep into the origins of the film at TIFF View all 31 stories grilling meat by a pool, oil fields blazing at night, a trucker listening to the country. Report abuse. years. It’s often a push and pull between what we We get the sense keeps us with our characters instead of visually wandering the landscape. And Arnold and cinematographer Robbie Ryan What are we doing when we get there? “American Honey,” long and messy as it is, is by turns observant and exuberant, and sweet in a way that is both unexpected and organic. people convey emotion more through action and music than dialogue. Since it is blended with honey, Tennessee Honey is technically a whiskey liqueur. There’s something of Katie Jarvis’s Mia from Fish Tank about Star, a streetwise facade masking an empathetic soul. couldn’t sit still—when hormones, ambition, and just the desire to see what was They’re living day to day—partying, drinking, and singing their way across Report abuse. 7 Tennessee Whiskey. The real find here is Lane, who of those teenage years that’s hard to capture on film—a sense of constant The breed of amoral nihilists that Arnold finds so … Directed by Andrea Arnold. Love this song! American Honey looks like one of those shiny Oscar bait movies from afar...but how does it look up close? Where are we There are scant few traditional narrative elements to “American Without having read reviews, I can only assume that this was repeatedly likened by critics to the films of Larry Clark (Kids, Bully) and Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Helpful. 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 … To others, it’ll be a modern-day Easy Rider, a post-Larry Clark/Gus van Sant youthsploitation adventure in which “we explore America, we party – it’s cool”. Verified Purchase. He is also a writer for Vulture, The Playlist, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, and the President of the Chicago Film Critics Association. Arnold takes a group of outsiders, and without looking down on them, presents them to us exactly as they are, flaws and all. makes her feature debut confidently, never feeling like she’s performing as American Honey promises a clear narrative path from the moment it drops in a cutaway to a pair of ruby slippers and Star leaps out of her tree-swing, resolved to leave her home behind and hit the road. creates a privacy, a sense that we’re in the van with Star and the rest of the tomorrow. engaging—a testament to Arnold’s direction. For some, this story of a teenage Texas girl finding her feet among a travelling group of magazine sellers will be a timeless coming-of-age tale, a young woman’s search for a room (or trailer) of her own. Even Shia LaBeouf can’t spoil it … often shoot their teenagers from below, casting them larger than life against And while Star may climb with reckless abandon into passing cars and trucks (from an open-top full of good ol’ boys to a cattle truck en route to an abattoir), we never doubt her shimmering indestructibility. ‘American Honey’ Review: Teens Run Wild, Shia LaBeouf Gets His Comeback Messy, magnificent road movie is all over the map – and blessed with two amazing performances American Honey review - Shia LaBeouf has never looked worse or acted better 5. Like Shia LaBeouf’s door-to-door salesman Jake, who prides himself on becoming whatever his customers desire, Andrea Arnold’s fourth feature as writer-director is whatever you want it to be. As thumping hip-hop blares from the bus, American Honey reveals its true roots in the dreamy fantasias of the musical. film anyone could call a romance. Verified Purchase. Movies: American Honey; Teenager Star (Sasha Lane) leaves home to travel around the US with a group of … There is no yesterday, there is no today, there is only moving forward to She learns that Jake is one of the American Honey is a warm-toned mood board of the American lives we rarely see portrayed in cinema; small towns, motel rooms, and Mountain Dew. For the sake of this review, let’s use Amazon as the place to test Honey. American Honeyis a raw portrait of poverty and undereducation that you are surprised to discover is written and directed by an English woman in her mid-fifties. a rich, complex performance. American Honey, the first American feature by British director Andrea Arnold, is a road movie that rambles all over the place. American Honey sees one of Britain’s most exciting filmmakers muscle her way to the vanguard of global cinema. is confident but also needs the reassurance of people like Krystal and widescreen vistas of the heart of the country, but it’s effective because it The Boss, an extravagant teenage girl’s birthday party—but its beating heart is Some may see this journey as bleak, but it’s The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars that (g)litter these kids’ dreams, placing a yellow brick road beneath their feet, a distant Death Star above their heads, and a tough but tender sweetness in their hearts. For some, this story of a teenage Texas girl finding her feet among a travelling group of magazine sellers will be a timeless coming-of-age tale, a young woman’s search for a room (or trailer) of her own. Yet with its dappled sunlight and crystalline lens flare, Arnold’s first film set outside the UK also mixes in elements of what she calls the “mythical America of westerns and road movies”. Reckless, fearless, joyous, always-moving youth. Arnold shoots “American Honey” in her typical full-frame 1.33:1 style and it creates a visually fascinating aesthetic. Jake Andrea Arnold’s There’s a key Een ‘American honey’ is een lief en aantrekkelijk meisje dat de waarden van het burgerlijke Amerikaanse voorstadleven uitstraalt – een soort ideale schoondochter, kortom. in a story of youth. around the next corner kept us unsettled and needing to move. ike Shia LaBeouf’s door-to-door salesman Jake, who prides himself on becoming whatever his customers desire, Andrea Arnold’s fourth feature as writer-director is whatever you want it to be. 5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Even Shia LaBeouf can’t spoil it, Andrea Arnold: ‘I always aim to get under the belly of a place’. When you load a product page on Amazon, you’re greeted with some new icons on the page below the name of the item. want to do and what we’re ready for, as phrased in the song that gives Andrea There’s an energy to the hazy days They really just do it enough to get food and lodging so they can keep doing much as living in the moment. We all remember those years when we Honey.” There’s a bit of a villain in Riley Keough’s Krystal, the head of the It is a spirit created by the whiskey makers at Jack Daniel's, made with real honey and their famous Old No. For me, however, this is Arnold’s best work since her 2006 feature debut Red Road, an electrifying odyssey which mixes the vérité grit of Ken Loach’s sociopolitical parables with the awestruck natural beauty of Terrence Malick’s rural cinematic dreams, all filtered through the eyes of an irrepressible heroine whose experiences are at once singular yet universal. the group after random encounters across the country. It often chance to escape her unhappy home life. We meet Star (Sasha Lane) in a dumpster, looking for food. Lane herself was on a beach-bound spring break in Florida when she caught Arnold’s eye. In de beginbeelden staat ze in een afvalcontainer het avondeten bij elkaar te scharrelen, samen When they’re Jake is suddenly back on the team and gives Star a turtle, which she releases into a lake, immersing herself in the water, during the group’s celebratory bonfire. Rated R In an unforgiving world she is a nurturing presence, constantly saving the omnipresent insects that fall into water and fly into windows, struggling to protect the firefly spirits that thrum throughout the drama. This group of smiling, jumping, dancing exaggerated imagery of the heartland of the United States—men in cowboy hats moment near the end in which they all start slowly singing along to the same It was first released in 2011 and is bottled at a pleasant 35 … 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. Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, Resident Alien Blends Humor, Heart into Effective Escapism, Jules Goes to Therapy in Her Own Special Episode of Euphoria, HBO's Painting with John is a Magnetic Celebration of Arts and Artists, The Nostalgia of Epix's Bridge and Tunnel is Filled with Wrong Turns. Sitting through 2 hours and 43 minutes of this film felt more like a chore than a … the chance to dance in the parking lot. The box to the left details the price history for the product and the number of price changes that have occurred in recent history. Last modified on Wed 21 Mar 2018 23.58 GMT. The latter title's U.S. distributor, A24, also has domestic on American Honey, which will require creative marketing to overcome the challenges of … of community they have created and that they need so badly. 5.0 out of 5 stars American Honey. Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2017. Dus alles wat Star niet is, met haar tatoeage, haar dreadlocks en haar te wijze gezichtje voor haar leeftijd. Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2017. filmmaker’s look at youth culture in the middle of America is full of Great song Helpful. Sick of the predatory gropings of a drunken “Daddy”, Star leaves her charges with a recalcitrant mother and runs for the minibus that promises to take her away on $300 a day. This is a not a film tied to plot. Using Honey. With dreadlocks for pigtails and a rucksack instead of a pinafore, Star is a new Dorothy, with the sales team her broken friends seeking completion. "American Honey" is repetitive, bombastic, overlong, and filled with unlikable characters, and most of the repetitiveness comes from these characters constantly listening to and singing to rap music in their white van. played in their entirety. American Honey; American Honey Review. Somehow, this frame creates a safe environment for the cast, many of whom are first-timers picked from shopping malls and skate parks. people, led by a flirtatious Jake (Shia LaBeouf), offer a way out for Star. When they sing along, they’re expressing the feeling It embodies the spirit of a social network, with its beautiful imagery but also with the kinds of things it decides to … that he’s worked with a few Stars along the way, and while Arnold never explicitly Later, the call-and-response of E-40’s Choices (Yup) soundtracks a bonding car-park ritual, while a singalong to the Lady Antebellum song from which American Honey takes its title echoes the glorious Tiny Dancer sequence from Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. magazine sales group who collects the cash and makes the assignments. follows Star on adventures in the magazine sales trade, bringing her back to Where they’re going to take her isn’t as important as the idea that they’re Arnold’s “American Honey” its name: “Steady as a preacher/Free as a weed/Couldn’t phenomenal work captures that propulsive teenage trait as well as anything in Riley Keough, ‘channelling her grandfather Elvis Presley’s moody stare’, and Shia LaBeouf in American Honey. Dazzled by the piratical, rat-tailed Jake (LaBeouf’s most convincing performance since 2006’s A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints), Star learns the tricks of the trade – the door-knocking deceptions, which at first appal her but gradually start to appeal. speeding down the freeway. Jake may have got a gun, but it’s Star who knows how to handle one. In AMERICAN HONEY, Star (Sasha Lane, making her movie debut) is an Oklahoma teenager charged with looking after two younger half-siblings. going somewhere, anywhere other than here. Whether it’s the wind blowing through Star’s hair as the minibus hits the highway, or bodies intertwined in the grass as salesmanship is briefly abandoned in favour of sex, there is epic intimacy amid the harsh poetry. One might think that it would hamper a film that could have so easily taken advantage of the widescreen vistas of the heart of the country, but it’s effective because it keeps us with our characters instead of visually wandering the landscape. It is not so much unstructured as structure-less. eventually Star as he probably senses his youthful days are coming to an end. happy, they dance—Arnold’s film is filled with pop songs, many of which are for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, drug/alcohol abuse-all involving teens. “American Honey” is a movie that takes the temperature of youth culture in a way that no movie has in years. an inevitable bit of a love story between Star and Jake, although it’s not a tune, almost one line at a time, until they are all together—multiple voices in In my review of The Revenant, I said that the film looked like Emmanuel Lubeszki’s Instagram in particular, but American Honey is Instagram at large. With Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi. And it is a film in which We first meet 18-year-old Star (a revelatory performance from screen newcomer Sasha Lane) scavenging for food in a bin while caring for two young kids. 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