Review: Honey Boy (15)

George Bell reviews new film Honey Boy, starring written by and based on the life of the infamous actor Shia LeBeouf

George Bell
9th December 2019
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Starring, written by and based on the life of infamous actor Shia LeBeouf, Honey Boy is a biopic about the relationship Shia had with his alcoholic father amongst his time as a child star.

2019 has been a great year for Shia LeBeouf, first with the extremely well-received The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) and now Honey Boy, a shockingly honest look into the life of the actor. Definitely one of Shia’s best performances to date, the film shows him be a great writer as well and is for sure one of the best in Hollywood.

Honey Boy is a brutally honest look into his life which was at times even shocking.

Shia LeBeouf stars not as himself but instead as his own father while Noah Jupe, A Quiet Place (2018) & Wonder (2017), and Lucas Hedges, Lady Bird (2017), take on the role of Shia, or Otis in the film, as both a child and an adult. All three give stellar performances highlighting the struggles the father and son have over the course of the movie with each other and the prominent theme of substance abuse and struggles with rehabilitation. Shia playing his own father was a very powerful choice and is definitely one of the reasons why he played the role so well due to how personal the connection he had to the role

In typical Shia LeBeouf fashion, Honey Boy is a brutally honest look into his life which was at times even shocking. But it's this bold, in your face truth that makes this biopic so charming and maybe just a little bit mad. It’s fascinating to see not only how Shia became the man he is today but the troubles he had to endure to become that man.

If you are a fan of any of Shia LeBeouf’s films, yes even the Transformer ones, you owe it to yourself to see this movie.

Rating: 4/5

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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