Monday, August 26, 2019

The Peanut Butter Falcon, 2019 - ★★★½

An entertaining road trip movie with some heart that features a very effective Shia LaBeouf performances and a delightful debut by disabled actor Zach Gottsagen (who has down syndrome). The film has DNA associated with Rainman and Sling Blade but shines the most when Gottsagen and LaBeouf get to display their excellent on-screen chemistry. Dakota Johnson is serviceable but forced at times as the love interest for LaBeouf.

As we go along with the two leads in their quest to get Zach to Thomas Haden Church's wrestling camp, there are a lot of convenient meet-ups with the major characters along the way. In particular, the whole sub plot of John Hawkes and Yelawolf trying to collect money from LaBeouf is really a nuisance and should have been left on the cutting room floor. I just found it hard to believe that these people kept meeting up randomly all over several locations in North Carolina. The constant coincidences took me out of the narrative at times.

That being said, this film is entertaining and worth viewing (you can wait for video). Kudos to Gottsagen for giving one of the best disabled actor performances I've ever seen. LaBeouf is at the top of his acting game here and I can't wait to see what he brings to the upcoming Honey Boy.