Funny, smart and charming as hell… ‘Peanut Butter Falconi
20th September 2019
‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ features the rather awesome Shia LaBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as Tyler, a man on the edge who is tormented about his brother’s death.
Lost and angry in life, he is getting into trouble and doesn’t seem to care. One thing leads to another and evenually to escape he has no choice but to go on the run. This is where the fun starts, an unlikely friendship with the brillant star of the film played by Zach Gottsagen, who has Down Syndrome and is also running away for slightly different reasons. He has been living in a nursing home for the last few years after his family gave him up. With big dreams of becoming a professional wrestler and visiting his hero ‘The Salt Water Redneck,’ Zac is not letting the world bring him down.
After a bumpy start they bond beautifully and connect on such a deep level. Packed with humour, charm and also a real honest look at how people with Down Syndrome are treated and perceived in society.
‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is a refreshing, sweet and optimistic film. Shia is brilliant in this, as is Zack Gottsagen and Dakota Johnson who plays Zac’s carer.
Congrats to the writer/director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz for not being afraid to cast someone who has Down Syndrome in a leading role. Zach Gottsagen is a big reason why this film works.
Both Shia and Dakota have shared how much he improvised on set and they followed. The connection between the three of them on screen is so very natural, authetic and beautiful. At times you find yourself thinking are they acting or is someone just filming three mates living their best life.
The supporting cast are great also including John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Yelawolf, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Mick Foley.