The tale of a man, Zak, with down syndrome who runs away from a residential nursing home to pursue his dream of become a pro wrestler who become best friends with an outlaw named Tyler.
This is one of those films that in hearing about it, I thought it was so strange. But, it was something that I just had to see and I’m so glad I did! I had a sense of “Hunt For The Wilderpeople” and “Logan Lucky” rolled into one. It was bizarre, yet had such great heart.
Directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Swartz, they deliver a film that show no matter what your life looks like or what you look like, those who love you are what matters most and they will help you achieve your goals no matter what. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson and others, all giving fantastic performances that feel human and that you can attach too. Though this movie is intended to be a comedy, it also has emotion that really moves you and that is a complement to the cast on their wonderful work on this film.
The Cinematography is also something I want to touch on. It was anything spectacular or breathtaking like the way “La La Land” used lighting or create an aesthetic like “Blade Runner”. The way Cinematographer Nigel Bluck shot it was the exact way it was supposed to be shot. A grounded point of view that was right there with the characters with a spectacle that made it feel personal.
The film takes place in North Carolina in the boon-docks, so I have no background on what that type of living is like. But within minutes, I was completely immersed and gripped by the world that the story takes place in. Even the wrestling scene, which I no nothing about, I understood the background and the story flows everything together so flawlessly.
As I said, this film is a drama, but it a true comedy as well! I laughed a whole lot in this movie and each joke landed one after another. The goofy things the characters say to one another as well as all the crazy predicaments they find themselves in. Almost getting run over by boats, getting shot at, wrestling, it was all wild!
This film has imperfect people who all have their own baggage to carry, but friendship and love is what brings them together and helps that more than anything. If you ever get around to it, watch this movie. You’ll have a great time with it!
I’ll give the Peanut Butter Falcon a 4/5