The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)
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First of all the pros of this film, Shia LeBeouff and Dakota Johnson give a great performance with a fun story that kept a smile on my face throughout the film. I also felt the film looked fantastic. The cinematography was gritty, real and did a great job of capturing the swampy area of the North Carolina Outer Banks.
As for cons I felt that there were some scenes that didn't really work for me. They seemed a little pretentious or out of left field. And I don't know if I really buy the ending of the film. It seemed a little far fetched for my tastes.
However, I love this film. Looking at it from a critics standpoint it has some issues, but looking at it from a movie viewer it's a great time! I plan to watch this again as soon as it comes out. If this film is playing in your town go check it out!
The first half of the film was mainly a road movie with Shia LeBeouf and Zack Gottsagen's characters, and it was enjoyable and funny as all get out. There were some moments of character development and flashbacks that were very tastefully done that utilized subtlety to show Shia LeBeouf character's background. And Zack Gottsagen's character felt very natural and likeable, with layers to his performance and connection with wrestling that showed a lot of characterization.
Not to mention, the cinematography and music was very captivating and gave the film some subtle and charming personality. The only real issue I had with it was that the pacing lagged a bit about ¾ of the way through. But it quickly found its way again and became pretty unpredictable as to where the story was going. Overall, this movie was so enjoyable, heartwarming and it was a great character movie and road movie that truly felt like a breath of fresh air.
Shia Labeouf is incredibly convincing and mature, completely different from his "Transformers" phase, and newcomer Zack Gottsagen is a revelation, confirming his confidence and resistance to battle the obstacles of his condition. Winner of the Audience Award at SXSW, and named Best Film at both Heartland and Nantucket Film Festivals, it's a fresh, pleasant, humble and powerful cleansing soul experience.
This is the best movie I've seen this year. I'm not kidding, it's amazing.
Don't worry, it's not one of those sappy, emotionally draining movies, nor is it a corny comedy. It's an adventure that feels very real and genuine, and it can't help but make you fall in love with the characters and belly laugh throughout.
Go see it! :)
Peanut Butter Falcon is an emotional rollercoaster that reiterates the significance of caring for others no matter where they come from. The story is well written, and accurately portrays the plight that many with Intellectual Disabilities face. The bond shared between Zack and Tyler is authentic. The adventure Zack takes to become the Peanut Butter Falcon is well-written, with brief, sometimes unnoticeable moments of cheesiness. Despite the cheesiness, this is an inspirational story that will undoubtedly bring tears of joy and sorrow to eyes.
The cinematography is good, with some minor flubs in technicality. The soundtrack is bad, and the music dilutes some of the emotional moments within the film. Outside of the exchanges between Tyler and Zack and the key moments of the film, the dialogue is below average. Dakota Johnson holds the film back with her poor acting. The characters are well developed and relatable, with some areas of corniness/fantasy.
Overall, Peanut Butter Falcon is a good, emotional film with an inspirational story that many could learn from and relate to. Zack Gottsagen is a Star in the making. The film is flawed and has areas that could use improvement, but overall it is an uplifting matinee.