A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew [though they do much more than sell magazines], and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
This was a pretty feelgood film. I didn't think it would, but it spoke to me. Freedom. A road trip that never ends. Scams, thievery...maybe even murder, but none of that's important. It's Jake and Star, bonfires, music - from hiphop to country, a little money that might some day be a lot, a dream, long nights, sunshine and green fields and a journey through the middle of nowhere. Not bad.
The main characters are played by Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf, and a bunch of others. They're all great. They feel authentic and down-to-Earth, and crazy. It all paints a picture of a world I'm not used to seeing, but it feels like a fresh glimpse. Though it's strange and scary it's also a so very living place. Looking back there's barely any computers at all, and no smartphones. It's kind of nice. It makes me want to go on an adventure. It goes through motions, and emotions, and yet the main character keeps her cool, and that ambiguous apathy somehow makes her all the more relatable. It's not what I pictured when I read the description, or the title, but I enjoyed the trip. It wasn't an enjoyable trip per say, but it's life, and the movie really breaths life.
The firefly credits are a nice touch too, and with names only. No job titles. Filming was beautiful. Characters are great. Shia LaBeouf actually got 12 tattoos during filming! And the lead, Sasha Lane, was apparently approached for her role on the beach in Panama City, similar to how she's approached on a parking lot in the movie. It's her first role, but seems like the pace is picking up after this. Andrea Arnold is as of now in my roster of very respectable directors, for having made this unorthodox, yet so captivating cinematization of what's really... nothing special. But it lives on it's own accord, takes you places, and ends cryptically. It's a breath of fresh air.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle