Saturday, November 30th
Holy shit… where do I even begin? I thought The Peanut Butter Falcon was a masterpiece, Honey Boy just blew my mind. First of all, I have the utmost respect for Shia LaBeouf and everything he does. Secondly, it’s crazy that this is the last-minute movie that we chose after debating for an hour what we could see & where to go.
shia labeouf is such a good actor.
— Shirley Ju (@shirju) December 1, 2019
We had just landed from the Bay Area at Burbank airport. It was pretty late but Daniel suggested we take a look at Arclight Hollywood times & that’s when we found Honey Boy. The showing was that 10:40pm at night, and our theater was pretty empty. Honestly, it blows my mind that is considered an indie movie because it was one of the best films I’ve seen all year. Also it was hilarious that I chose this movie initially because it was the shortest one out of all of our options. One hour 34 minutes, ty Shia for understanding this generation’s ADD.
IMDB plot: A young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.
The biggest plot twist of all arrived when we realized the movie was loosely based on Shia’s personal life. The film follows a kid and his tumultuous and traumatic relationship with his father — a child actor who somehow still wants to keep his alcoholic father around even with his success. No lie, the way his father treated this 12-year-old boy was almost unbearable to see on the screen. Shit that made you cry but also want to scream. Shia doesn’t just play the crazy father, he wrote a whole movie.
Apparently, the writing process began when he was arrested for disorderly contact and had to go to rehab. As you guys may know, he came up with the success of Even Stevens on Disney, but that just shows how much success doesn’t equate to happiness. We read that he hadn’t spoken with his dad for 6 years, and finally did after he wrote the film. Once you see this movie, you’ll understand the irony… & just how intense and real it is. It’s not something I can articulate in words…
I found out after the fact that FKA Twigs was playing the hooker. Unreal. Plus, Noah Jupe who plays the 12-year-old boy
deserves an Oscar. I still can’t get over the psychology in the movie. There was so much that I could relate to my own life whether it was rehab, meetings, therapists, or just simply repairing your relationship with your family. This is a must-see movie, please go see it before it leaves the theaters.