#SheWatches The Peanut Butter Falcon

January 30, 2020

The Peanut Butter Falcon, ignites immediate interest and you wonder what on earth this movie is about. You will come to understand as you watch it and I am thankful I accepted SheSociety’s invitation from Georgina at Think Tank Communications, otherwise I may have missed a beautiful film. 

This timeless adventure story touched my heart. An unlikely relationship between two people begins to unfold and grows from circumstances that hold a common thread. Although one party refused to see it at the time. 

Chance meetings seem to happen for a reason as the down-on-his-luck fisherman, Tyler (played by a driven Shia LaBeouf) struggles to cope with his brother’s death. Caught stealing from their crab pots, he angers local fishermen and decides to run. 

Zak (played magnificently by Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down Syndrome struggling to live in accommodation suitable for seniors also gets into strife. He tries to convince his carers he has more to offer than they were willing to recognise. He wants to be given a chance to pursue his dream of being a professional wrestler. At the very least he yearns to attend his heroes wrestling school, The Salt Water Redneck (actor Thomas Haden Church). 

Both men rebel and manage to escape their strong holds. Their unexpected meeting sets them on an unusual escapade and they end up setting sail in a makeshift raft. One with no money nor clothes in pursuit of a dream, the other with little money and no dream but a jar of peanut butter. Then Eleanor appeared.  

This wonderful story of two gets deeper and becomes three when concerned aide Eleanor (actor Dakota Johnson) from Zak’s residence, is in pursuit to take him back home. 

I enjoyed seeing how two completely opposite men, who met in extenuating circumstances, are thrown together and how their differences materialise into something worthwhile.  

The role of Zak was special, written especially for him as Zack in true life has Down Syndrome. His acting was captivating, uplifting and he stole my heart. 

Filmed in Savannah, Georgia USA, written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, I can certainly recommend this classic feel good movie. 

The Peanut Butter Falcon in Cinemas January 30


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