The Peanut Butter Falcon review
Even within our darkest moments, we all have goals we strive for. A lot of people want more money, a better job and even love. But we also have simple goals, some of them being from being able to see the movies you want to see or being able to go fishing every weekend. We all want something to make ourselves feel better. This is why I really support those that are willing to put their distractions out of the way to take further steps to their goals, even if their little steps. If you want an hour to work on whatever it is you passionate about, then make that message clear to your loved ones when you want that bit of time.
For today's movie, not only does the main character have Down syndrome, but he also wants to be a wrestler. Some might see that as only a dream, but you have to consider what a lot of people with special needs, including those with Down syndrome are capable of. I hate the idea of dismissing ones dreams (unless their ridiculous, like me becoming heavyweight champion of the boxing world). So let's see one's dream come true in The Peanut Butter Falcon.
A young man with Down syndrome Zak (played by Zack Gottsagen) is living in a retirement home where he's cared for by Eleanor (played by Dakota Johnson) who tries her best to keep him happy. Zak hates the retirement home as he's the youngest person there, with the state unfortunately having nowhere else to put him and his family having abandoned him. His one escape is a wrestling tape featuring his favorite wrestler, the "Salt Water Redneck" (played by Thomas Haden Church). One night, with help from his roommate Carl (played by Bruce Dern), he gets out and proceeds to get to the wrestling school as advertised by the "Salt Water Redneck"
Zak eventually hides in a motorboat to sleep, only for it to be used by another young man Tyler (played by Shia LaBeouf). When discovered, Tyler reveals he's trying to get away from other crab fishermen he just got revenge on and also that the wrestling school Zak wants to go to is in his direction. Zac and Tyler make their way from North Carolina to Florida as along with the fishermen chasing after, Eleanor eventually find them and ends up tagging along.
If there's a movie that can put a smile on my face in it's sweetness value, then The Peanut Butter Falcon is that movie. Seeing these two guys team up together to take this journey along the Deep South Rivers and oceans makes it a modern day Mark Twain story (in fact, this might be a good companion movie with Mud). On top of a good story, the movie is shot beautifully and gives the south a needed warmth, despite the darker nature of some themes.
The story is simple; it’s a road movie to reach ones life goal. While we've had plenty of these, what makes it just as great are the characters and the actors that play them. I defiantly have to give a shout out to Zack Gottsaden who is very likable from his first scene. I'm curious to the kind of direction he was given, but this also makes me understand what a great actor he is. Shia LaBeouf has been getting a lot better at separating himself from his dweeby Transformers persona to something a lot more mature. The Peanut Butter Falcon takes what Shia has always been good at; his determined look, and created a character that you can sympathize with, even if you don't always agree with him.
Once the movie draws to how close both main characters need each other in this circumstance, we the audience get drawn in to see their journey, no matter how it comes out. Along with reminding me of a Mark Twain story, it kind of reminded me of darker Disney movie…and I mean that in all the best ways. The movie dwells into emotional storytelling that guides smiles or tears, depending on what direction these guys head.
I'll give this five wrestling masks out of five. The more time I had to think, the more the movie stayed with me. It made me realize that stuff like The Peanut Butter Falcon are the things we need; something that really is both inspiring and sweet. I really hope this gets awards consideration once the season comes. I highly recommend this.