The Peanut Butter Falcon, 2019 • 9/10
Join Shia Labeouf and Zack Gottsagen on one of the most beautiful, feel-good and whimsical odyssey's of 2019 as the two set-off on a journey that will change both there lives - and yours - forever.
As soon as the opening scene commences, you're immediately invested in Zak, a young man with down syndrome, who hatches a daring escape plan to breakout of the residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the wrestling school of his idol. A strange turn of events then sees him unintentionally hitch a ride with Tyler, a lonely, grief-stricken young man whose struggling to let go and move on with his life. It's when the two are together that this film truly shines, their chemistry warms the heart and as we watch them traverse the beautiful, yet physically demanding landscapes, we warm to them as they warm to each other, and as their friendship grows and the journey nears its end, you begin to realise, friends can come from the strangest situations, in the worst of times, and they can come in any shape or form, and it's those who we hold closest, that motivate us and help us believe we can do anything and achieve everything, as after-all, we all have dreams and we should all chase them no matter what, but there's nothing better than having your squad behind you while you're chasing them!
The cinematography is stellar, the southern landscapes are beautiful, the score is playful and high-spirited, all characters are endearing and original, and Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz have created an original modern-day Mark Twain style adventure story and handled the main character's developmental disability with care and compassion, ultimately making their debut feature film feel authentic as well as sincere.