The Peanut Butter Falcon

From IMDB: “Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.”

What I Liked:

  • Many people don’t like Shia LeBeouf, but I do. His artistic choices always intrigue me, and I think it’s nice that he chose to be in this movie playing his most mature role yet (that I’ve seen). Plus, he lived in my hometown of Glendale at one point, so I gotta show some love. Here, his performance seems very telling of his life: someone who has made many mistakes, but starts to grow into his role of responsibility. It also feels like he’s an actual person in this movie, and gets to show some very human emotional range.
  • The actor who plays Zak is someone who actually has Down Syndrome, and his performance here is dynamic and sweet. His character deals with a mistreatment that I imagine many people in his position have to face on a daily basis. The movie doesn’t turn away or glorify that mistreatment either, but merely displays it.
  • The movie was shot in Savannah, Georgia, and gives us some awesome atmosphere like actual swamps! Swamps are cool. I love pieces of entertainment that are set in this area, like the Princess and the Frog, Swamp Thing and Over the Garden Wall. I also love that a lot of it took place in or around water. I’m a Pisces; I love water.
  • The soundtrack also really adds to the atmosphere, reflecting the mood of that part of the country. At one point, the wife in the elder couple sitting next to me leaned over and told her husband “I really like the music they’re playing”, to which he agreed. And so do I.
  • This movie has a general Huck Finn vibe to it, except without the racism.
  • It’s a message film, but it doesn’t beat you down with that message.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • It gets a little slow at one point, but it’s not much of a hindrance to the overall movie.

Overall: A sweet movie about family, friendship and everything in between.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production & is the host of the A Little Drive Podcast. He’s on Twitter & Instagram.

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