Peanut Butter Falcon Review: Shia LaBeouf & Dakota Johnson Deliver Uplifting Greatness


In a summer season controlled by CGI superheroes and cartoon adjustments, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a perfectly uplifting tale of humanity and relationship. A modern riff on Mark Twain'' s"Huckleberry Finn"", three unlikely individuals embark on an adventure that transforms their lives. Character types rarely seen on film are shown with amazing depth and feelings. They remind us how far kindness and understanding can take you in life. The Peanut Butter Falcon will make your heart soar.
In a North Carolina retirement home, Zak (Zack Gottsagen) is a friendly boy with Down syndrome. Deserted by his household, Zak is a ward of the state and can not leave on his own. He yearns to leave his confines; and go to the wrestling school of his idol, The Seawater Hillbilly (Thomas Haden Church). Zak'' s tried jailbreaks are warded off by the kindhearted Eleanor (
Dakota Johnson), a social worker at the facility. Shia LaBeouf co-stars as Tyler, a bereaved fisherman having a hard time to make ends meet. He contravenes of regional crabbers (John Hawkes, Yelawolf) by taking from their traps. On the pursue an act of vengeance, Tyler bumps into another hooligan of sorts. Zak has actually successfully flown the coop, but is alone and innocent. He'' s on an objective to fulfill The Salt Water Redneck. Back at the nursing house, Eleanor is desperate to discover Zak. She'' s provided a quick required to look for him prior to the authorities are involved.
Zak opens a part of Tyler that was drowning in regret. Their burgeoning friendship causes a ray of happiness parting clouds of psychological darkness. Zak overcomes his fears and insecurity. For the very first time in his life, he is treated with regard and permitted to reveal his desires. Their initial scenes together are exceptionally acted. What might be sappy melodrama is genuine and fascinating to see. Shia LaBeouf'' s range in this performance is merely remarkable. He guides Zack Gottsagen by giving him an equivalent footing. There is a dynamic exchange that endears the characters to each other. When Dakota Johnson'' s Eleanor witnesses how much Zak has actually grown, she can'' t aid however become enamored by Tyler'' s gentle roguishness. The Peanut Butter Falcon has superb character exposition.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is relatively short in length, but loaded with nuance. Filmmakers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz explore their setting and characters. The backwoods, farmlands, and rivers of North Carolina become an important part of the story. The environment defines critical elements of the characters journey. I truthfully can not think of a film with better writing for an actor with Down syndrome. Nilson and Schwartz don'' t usage Zack Gottsagen as a prop for pity. Anyone who mocks or patronizes the developmentally handicapped will learn a crucial lesson from this movie. Treat individuals with respect and you'' ll be shocked what they can teach you.
The Peanut Butter Falcon won the Audience Award at this year'' s SXSW Film Celebration. It ' s a true crowd-pleaser from start to finish. A few scenes wax fantastical, but that ' s part of the film ' s luminous appeal.'Shia LaBeouf continues to be one of the very best actors in independent cinema. His work over the last three years has been superb. The Peanut Butter Falcon will be released theatrically on August 9th by Roadside Attractions. Julian Roman

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