Updated: Aug 17
For me, scrolling across the word's 'Peanut Butter' in a film title left stars in my eyes similar to what companies such as Goldcorp see discovering a shiny land mine. Director's Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz enticed all viewers into their unique name about the widely adored lumped spread. Understanding the sweet tale following an epic brave trek from a Down Syndrome man - and not having witnessed domineering actor Shia LaBeouf punch his way across a film in years - I was ready to squash into the pillows for this caring bromance.
Scooping out a powerful cast for a film orientated around a disabled protagonist can be a challenge. The director has the pressure of creating a warm atmosphere for all the cast members to be comfortable in, whilst humouring the characteristics of such a delicate number of individuals in our society. Never the less; this film achieves this impeccably. The cinematographers linger the camera frames on silent faces throughout, leaving you staring at the dark humoured liners passed back between characters.
The casting for this Netflix adventure is the foam-finger crowd pleaser for audiences. From the rebellious pensioner of Bruce Dern as 'Carl', and retiree Thomas Haden Church as 'Clint', there is a sense of honour splashed across the story given by such welcomed actors over the years. The script leaves you rolling off your sofa with giggles from Zak, not in a way that mocks the abilities of these wonderfully intelligent people, but aligns you as an audience member to fight alongside with them. The on-screen connection between '50 Shades of Grey' Dakota and 'Transformers' Shia is the ideal lust for the lonely and simplistic narrative. Both actors got a chance to showcase their talents and dedication for film, away from previous materialist drama's, in this indie memorable piece.
(Netflix: Peanut Butter Falcon)
Not every movie needs to have two bad ass red necks chasing tails. All too frequently do directors dramatise the villains in a story, and Peanut Butter Falcon seemed to follow on in line. There was no need for the tattooed skinny flat-capped brothers spraying bullets into the story like the Si and Am twin's from Aristocats. The journey for Zac and Tyler across theVirginia water was moving enough without them picking up leaf trails until the end.
There are rarely times, more specifically in 21st century movies due to the amount of single takes on one scene, where you as the viewer feel you're witnessing the real life rehearsal process. It's almost as if, when experiencing the actors true joy, you remove the idea of the thousand camera's and laugh along with their amusement. Movies such as 'When Harry Met Sally' and '50/50' express mesmerising enjoyment such as this on screen. Peanut Butter Falcon thankfully add's to this lifelike table, as the audience follow these lost characters, many scenes convey genuine and loving relationships into your living room. It's a film reminding us of the bonds between humans, the similarities we all have once left alone against the world; and why we are truly never really that different.