Honey Boy Review

Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy is a true masterpiece.

Whether you go into this film blindly, or go into it knowing Shia LaBeouf, the tale of a child, who deals with the abuse from a parent is universal.

The emotional gravitas stems from the anger and pain felt from the beginning of the film, where Alma first introduces Otis (Lucas Hedges) at 22. He’s in the middle of another action film and he’s not quite emotionally stable. He’s drinking excessively and is angry majority of the time. The fast paced lifestyle of Otis ends abruptly when he gets into a car accident and is arrested.

The quick editing doesn’t stop there but it powers through the rest of the piece, symbolizing that anything can change in the matter of a second. People can change in the matter of a second, any emotion can rush to the surface in the matter of a second and change your perception. The direction from Alma was so masterful, she took the time to let these characters grow. The dialogue shared between them filled the screen because there was always heavy tension that was resting beneath the surface.

Yes, it was a very personal film from Shia LaBeouf, who penned the most heart wrenching and cathartic journey for his character Otis to go on with his father James. There were moments where I’d be watching the film and they were just fictional characters on screen telling this story with urgency, but then I would be reminded that Shia had to go through this as a child and it brought me to tears. Due to the fact that it was very meta, I kept going in and out of reality and fictitious waves but the emotional impact was still the same.

Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges and Shia LaBeouf were extraordinary in this film. Shia LaBeouf emptied his soul on those pages and they were all able to bring this harrowing tale to life in this piece.

I’m truly left speechless with this film and I will definitely need a rewatch.

The Peanut Butter Falcon Review (Advanced Screening)

The Peanut Butter Falcon is truly a heartwarming adventure from the start. Zack Gottsagen set the tone for his character from the beginning and he lit up the screen instantly. Zack was a firecracker and controlled every scene he was in, he had a fantastic debut and I want to see more of him!

The story was effortlessly executed and the chemistry between the main cast was carefree and fun. Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson were perfectly cast and they both complimented Zack’s energy throughout the film.

LaBeouf’s character, Tyler, has a traumatic past and is on the run from fishermen who have caught him stealing from their territory. Since Tyler can’t go back to his neck of the woods, he starts heading South to start his new life and on the way he meets Zack. Zack was on his way to find a pro wrestling camp, so this film then turns into a buddy adventure! LaBeouf and Gottsagen’s natural chemistry was beautiful to watch unfold because of how heartfelt both performances were. LaBeouf’s carefree nature came through and the genuine love he had for Zack was so evident on screen.

The Peanut Butter Falcon is one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in the past decade and it is a darling little film. My heart is so extremely full after watching it and I want everyone to experience this film! It spreads so much light, love and positivity about life!