marsh boy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Cold and technically-inspired, American Honey is an empathetic road story that isn’t about the destination, but about the journey. It displays a worldly unreality for the protagonist Star (Lane), which unlike in a Terrence Malick film where we’re surrounded by an atmospheric monologue, here we only have our thoughts to fill in along with the picturesque world that the characters are living in.
It’s a rare film in the sense that it suffers in further explaining the existence of some minor characters while also failing to expound on its proud symbolisms and in justifying its lengthy runtime, with the narrative filling up with niceties and repetitive sequences, but the authenticity of the social dynamics and mannerisms exhibited are purely sublime that even though it doesn’t have a clear denouement or even an established plot arc, I find myself filled up with innumerable emotions in the end that ultimately made me wish for the film to even last for just a little bit longer.
It's a confusing experience overall but it sure is utterly memorable.