The Peanut Butter Falcon
Man, this looked like a super wholesome film meant to put a smile on your face from the get go. One of the most interesting people in Hollywood (Shia LaBeouf – and yes I’m very serious about that statement) and then the ever lovely Dakota Johnson, I had to make it my mission to see it. I’m very glad I did. I will echo a lot of the sentiments other viewers have about this. Its a well made and sweet film about a journey of friendship that is fairly inspiring.
The film is about a man with Down syndrome who escapes the retirement home he was residing in so he can follow his goal of going to a wrestling school and learning how to become a wrestler. Its not a well thought out plan as he crosses the path of a thief. The two bond and the latter decides to help the protagonist on his journey to getting to this wrestling school. The two are being tracked down by the personal caretaker at the retirement home and crooks that are owed money by the thief.
Zack Gottsagen is tremendous in this film. I know a lot of the role comes to him naturally but you absolutely want to root for him on his journey throughout the film. His partnership with Shia LaBeouf is one that is infinitely entertaining, sweet, and hilarious. LaBeouf is also fantastic in this and it is undeniable that he is a talent (watch American Honey). The characters and their quest just gels and blends so nicely. The film also attempts to inspire. There are always going to be doubters but its on you to try and achieve your dreams.
This is a purely heart warming time at the cinema. its a simple but well made film that helps you escape as you cheer on the journey of the main characters. I think there should be more buzz around this so more people can know to check it out. Also, the Peanut Butter Falcon is the best wrestler moniker. You can’t beat that alter ego. \