A monumental exercise in subtle narrative, American Honey is Andrea Arnold’s youthful depiction of rousing and realistic coming-of-age cinema; a cross-country tale of identification, dreams, and Americana among the wandering lives of youths. This is an incredibly intimate and consuming experience; a near three-hour road trip that shares such realism with its unique elements.
Two lovebirds run freely along the lawns of suburbia and the next tumble in the green grass of home (for now). A beautiful picture in both scenes, each camera shot is exclusively handheld to perfection. The overall cinematography is defectless and fitting for an independent coming-of-age like this. The result assists Sasha Lane’s terrific debut in cinema. The land of opportunity sure raised this American honey.