vitalize and drive this raw, unadorned storyline, one you might not have considered your thing. Star (Sasha Lane), an 18-year-old, who, in another time, might have run off to join the circus, joins a traveling crew of door-to-door magazine hustlers. She is warm-hearted, creative, beautiful, poor, restless and way too suggestible. As the viewer gets to know her, a poignant and painful awareness grows that, given a better start, this may have been a road not taken. This motley bunch does all the things you want teens never to do, mixed with singing, dancing and rallying themselves with cheers; definitely not in the tradition of the musical, this more down and dirty. Their hand-to-mouth existence, and worse, is underscored. One among them, Jake (Shia LaBeouf), exhibits the most dangerous behavior. Nothing I've described is attractive, yet I kept watching. The music is invigorating, the photography fine art, the casting on point, the sense of constant motion smartly captured, the directing and editing so precise. The story is rough, coarse, not a favorite. The title character is extraordinary. The camera can't stray far from her beautifully expressed curiosity and delight in studying and attempting to figure out her peers. Sasha Lane is magnificent in this role-- a natural. Nothing in her performance feels scripted, no expression contrived. Star is asked if she has a dream. No one ever asked her that, and she pauses to consider. We root for this rare, naive, still smart and complex character, who's speeding down a dangerous road.
This is a great movie. It really encapsulates that door-to-door magazine lifestyle. I used to work doing this before. They did some extreme things on this movie that I never seen done on the crew I worked for. Going to different cities and seeing the real America is true though. Them only giving you a percentage of what you earn is real too. They also will leave you on the side of the road. A bunch of homeless kids getting pregnant and having sex with each other. It's real, this movie shows it all. It is sad really, really sad. I beat up the driver for not coming back to pick me up on time and I got left in Virginia. The lawlessness is real. The schemes are real. Just a lot of kids that have no moral supervision tramping together trying to find warmth in a cold world. Reckless living. I thank God that part of my life is over. This was a long gritty movie but it really has few, if any dull moments.
Excellent movie that could create its own cult following. The characters are imperfect, believable, sometimes complex and without clear answers. Shia LaBeouf and primarily Sasha Lane are powerful characters. This is really about Star, Lane's character, and how she makes her way through the world with a strong natural moral compass and unabashed innocence/wisdom. For me, as a person born in the late 80s (like LaBeouf) who grew up with a lot of struggle and unsafe home life - not rural white trash struggle, but something not too different - this is a very nostalgic and familiar kind of setting and story. It's about wild youth who desperately want to belong and be loved, and survive and have no role models showing them an easier way. Sad, and at times, disturbing, and I am a sensitive person so those elements can get to me a bit... but what a great movie! Healing and learning oriented. Highly recommended. This is part of the story of modern day America.
I loved almost everything abou this movie. The characters are all very unique, and intriguing, in their own way, but the lead actress captivates you from the very first scene. I don't know what she saw in Jake, as he is creepy, and a little overbearing, however, Shia played that character very well. I loved the grittiness of the movie, that never went away. Just a group of lost souls, getting through life, together, and enjoying every second of it, even when it isn't pretty.
I loved this movie American Honey and the music throughout this movie was on point. I especially loved the two main characters Star (Sasha Lane) and Jake (Shia LaBeouf) but the ending to this was like..... ok what is the ending? It ended pointless and I was like these two are going to be together. I did like the bear scene it was intense. The scenery was on point cause of them all being travelling salespeople. All in all I think this is movie most of us can relate to . I just didn't like the ending.
I enjoyed it - quite a bit! Like a good (long) book, just couldn't put it down. Did I mention long? Yes, it does go on forever, but always kept my interest up with the great acting and storyline. Not so sure about the ending though; did they use so much film that the camera just ran out before they got to the conclusion?