The Peanut Butter Falcon Review
There is always something special about "People on an Odyssey" movies that hits me in the heart
I also can't fathom that this is starring two actors I usually don't care about.
Shia LaBeouf is an actor that has been on the rise within the last few years. He used to be a guy I couldn't really stand, but he's been really proving himself as an actor in recent years. Maybe he needed to take a step back from the mainstream. Maybe that wasn't centering his true talents. In 2016, he was in the amazing "American Honey," and I couldn't believe just how amazing he was in that. Now, he makes a great starring role in "The Peanut Butter Falcon. "A sweet, sincere and hilarious little movie about finding ourselves through the worst possible circumstances. LaBeouf plays Tyler a thief and fisherman haunted by a terrible past. He gets tangled up with some very bad guys and needs to get out of town.
This brings him into contact with Zak. Zak, played wickedly well by Zack Gottesagen, is a 22-year-old with Down's Syndrome who really wants to be a professional wrestler. So much so that he escapes the retirement home he lives in so he can find his favorite wrestler and train under him. Sadly Zak has no real sense of navigation and feeling bad for him, Tyler takes him under his wing, promising to find his favorite wrestler so he can start training. Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) takes care of Zak, and takes it upon herself to find him.
At first, it seems like a typical buddy comedy between Tyler and Zak on the way to find the wrestler, but there is so much sincerity in the movie that it all flows away. This is a charming little story, elegantly told. The work by the three main actors is mesmerizing. Gottesagen is true discovery as a performer, and LaBeouf and Johnson have NEVER been this good before. Much like LaBeouf, Johnson is getting much better as an actress, and she was excellent in "Suspiria" last year. Here, she strikes just the right cord, never feeling phony or unrealistic.
This is a special little movie that doesn't come around often. You should check it out.
FINAL GRADE: A