American Honey

American Honey β˜…β˜…

2016 Ranked πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ
Film Club Ranked
A24 Ranked

Two hours and 43 minutes of what? Cramped van rides with degenerates and a lousy soundtrack with no film score. Did the editing department forget to cut out the unnecessary parts? No wait, then the film may only have been 30 minutes. But then again, I may have enjoyed those 30 minutes. The relationship between the two leads seems so forced. There appears to be no genuine connection with any of the characters. Furthermore, none of the characters were likable and did not have a solid character arc. There is barely a story here, no climax, no one to root for or against. Just a sad perspective of everyday reality that I can appreciate was put into a film like this, but I would never watch this one again. Also, I feel like there was no script for most of the film. Like the director said, say whatever you want, and we'll add it to the film.

There was probably a deeper message, but I was struggling to keep my eyes open to notice it. What exactly was the point of this movie? What conflicts were resolved? What did the characters learn? How did they change or grow? I wish we got more substance and less "style". The frustrating workings of American Honey make for a tedious yet somewhat beautiful watch. I know many people love and praise the film, but I could not get into it for the life of me. I don't want to say I hate it just because I do appreciate the authenticity of these characters and the aspect ratio of the film. I somewhat understand what the director was trying to go for here, but overall, I found it dull, boring, and flavorless.

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