Saturday, December 7, 2019

Honey Boy, 2019 - ★★★½

A slightly depressing but honest look at Shia LaBeouf's childhood and his relationship with his alcoholic-abusive father. LaBeouf plays a character similar to his real-life Dad named James, alongside Ford v Ferrari's Noah Jupe (as "Otis" aka Shia as a child). Director Alma Har'el paints a whimsical picture of innocense mixed with the pressure of working in show business and what . Otis ends up smoking a lot at a very young age and we see how his abusive relationship with his Dad turns into trouble later in life when a 20-something Otis is played by Lucas Hedges. The movie does a solid job of showing how a tough-love father can impact the life of an impressionable child. Touching on themes of divorce, Har'el delivers and allows Shia to shine in the lead role. His chemistry with Jupe is excellent, but overall I wanted a little more here. The film is short and to-the-point but there's nothing really new with this story. Still, this is a showcase for LaBeouf and we really need to look out for Noah Jupe as an up-and-coming your actor.

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