I, like a lot of people my age, have a very interesting relationship with Shia LaBeouf. He’s one of the celebrities I grew up watching. I remember being thoroughly entertained by him as a kid in Even Stevens. He just had this really weird, wacky energy that stood out even on the Disney Channel. Then, I remember when he was “the next big thing.” He led the Transformers franchise as it made billions of dollars. He was supposed to replace Indiana Jones after Kingdom of the Cyrstal Skull. The dude was everywhere. Except, none of those movies could really be described as cinematic masterpieces and his career took quite a hit. Then, things got weird. Like, real weird. There was the “I’m not famous anymore” incident. He made the “JUST DO IT” video. And, let’s not forget the cinematic treasure that was actual cannibal Shia LeBeouf. He was known as the crazy guy. Even as his career started to turn around in the indie film arena, you still heard really strange stories coming for the set. Like, he pulled his tooth for Fury. He was really good in that but no one would’ve noticed if he had all of his teeth.
Anyways, this is just my long winded version of saying that Shia LaBeouf fascinates me. I want to know his story. I want to hear what happened to that energetic, happy little boy to turn him into the sad dude with a bag over his head. Luckily, the world heard my wishes and Shia wrote Honey Boy, based on his childhood.
I’m so excited. It premiered back in January at Sundance and apparently slayed. It currently stands at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. And, it stars Lucas Hedges, who I’ve enjoyed in everything I’ve seen him in. He especially killed it in Manchester by the Sea. Oh, and Shia is playing his own father. That’s going to be interesting. So, I’ve been on board for a while. But this trailer sold me even more. I’m kind of in love with it. From the first shot of him suffering his way through a Transformers like movie to behind the scenes stuff in a Disney looking show to small Shia arguing about how his father needs him to pay rent. It all looks fascinating. I hope this shows in the Akron area almost right away because I will be there day one.