The Peanut Butter Falcon - Review (London Film Festival 2019)
May Contain Traces of Nuts. 4 / 5
Directed by Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz. A down-on-his-luck crab fisherman embarks on a journey to get a young man with Down syndrome to a professional wrestling school in rural North Carolina and away from the retirement home where he’s lived for the past two and a half years.
A heartwarming game of cat and mouse, The Peanut Butter Falcon is a beautiful film that puts stereotypes and friendship on centre stage.
Reminding me of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the stories of two bandits on the run that ultimately brings them closer together has been done before but Peanut Butter Falcon brings something new to the table in the on and off-screen friendship of Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen.
Although Zack's down syndrome is a pivotal piece of the storyline, I am in admiration of what a fantastic job he did with such a charming screen presence and the wittiest one-liners throughout. Their bond elevates the film, you can really tell that this is a special and personal story and I hope this will change the broader mindset of audiences and filmmakers alike going forward.
Although the story is predictable, you don't care. It's such a warming watch that you never want to end. The escapism, the characters, the friendship - it's all about the stories they are going to tell when you're gone.