A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood's ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.
Since yesterday night, I haven't been able to get this away from my mind.
Honey Boy is one of the best self-movies I have seen it in a long time. It is extremely humane and deeply discomforting. It is a difficult watch but a transformative film.
Despite Shia Lebeouf's dysfunctions in his own life, it is definitely his most gut-wringing performance. He plays his own father. There's an honest heart in Lebeouf's own script. Alma Har'el's brilliant direction ensures that the film has so much quality that it rises way above a simple movie.
It is an auto-biographical drama that you should NOT miss whenever it releases. :)
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this