The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon ★★★★

The Peanut Butter Falcon might not be the most groundbreaking film, it walks a beaten path seen in other recent films such as Mud, but it’s so damn endearing that I can’t help but just put that stuff aside.

The 2.39:1 aspect ratio really added to the sense of adventure, showcasing the Georgia/North Carolina landscapes and wilderness through which this story is told, to the point where the environment is almost a character in itself.

Zack Gottsagen gives a great performance (and it’s refreshing to see a Down syndrome actor/character without it being their whole character), but Shia LaBeouf is once again mesmerising and the unsung hero of 2019. 

He puts up a tough exterior but behind it is a heart of gold, and he just gives off this rare aura of pure likeability and straight up realness that I love in a character/person. Between this and Honey Boy it’s apparent he can play ultra nice guy and despicable scumbag respectively equally well. Plus he makes the best hype man. 

There are some nice themes about self-belief and achieving your goals, and the film made me laugh out loud a few times too. It also comments on the way people with disabilities are patronised and gives them the credit they are due. The folk/country/bluegrass soundtrack adds to the feel-good tone and the whole thing just is just delightful.

My heart is warmed.


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