American Honey

American Honey ★★★★★

Nothing's sweeter than summertime and American honey

With a lengthy runtime liberally scattered with images only loosely cohering into a narrative and all contained within a tight 4:3 frame, I don't necessarily blame last-year-me for being only mildly impressed with this film. Although I now understand that American Honey is located firmly in the accessible category of arthouse cinema, this film is far from a casual watch. That statement might seem antithetical to the thoroughly casual world it captures, but therein lies the magic of this film. Andrea Arnold and the rest of the creative team have an incredible eye for composition in a challenging aspect ratio and graceful editing that moves around a scene with careful precision. It's never loud even at its most frantic moments, instead choosing to subtly but attentively move through a delicate story. This is mindful, passionate filmmaking at its very best.

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