- Origin: 24/25
- Story: 24/25
- Camera/SFX: 23/25
- Performance: 25/25
A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.
- Rated: PG-13 (Language throughout, some violence and smoking)
- Genre: Action, Adventure and Drama
- Directed by: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
- Written by: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
- Release date: 9th August, 2019 (Limited)
- Length: 93 minutes
- Studio: Roadside Attractions
I liked the idea of the narrative, it had substance and meaning. It really underlined the problem with Hollywood today, and how people like Zack miss out on roles because of his background. It covers societies problems that it has today, all in the space of a couple days trip through fields and rivers.
A heartwarming and funny story that highlighted the problems of societies views on down syndrome. The unlikely of characters come together to make a family and show us that adventure can happen anywhere. The narrative was balance well with drama, comedy and heartwarming scenes.
Simple but effective shots and effects that made for well timed drama and comic relief. The bareness of it was exactly what it needed, the story and characters could develop without other factors overcomplicating things. The soundtrack was subtle and camera angles were placed right, it was raw, thats all it needed to be.
Shia LaBeouf has redeemed himself in this film, a compelling performance that made me root for him throughout. His character was well thought out and was a great brother figure to Zak. Zack Gottsagen is hilarious, and makes this film so interesting to watch. He is exactly what this film needed to make a emotional story.