The Peanut Butter Falcon
Review by Myla Tosatto
During The Peanut Butter Falcon, Tyler (Shia LeBeouf) asks Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) if she likes Mark Twain. I can’t remember what her answer was but I hope she does because Eleanor and Tyler have found themselves in a modern day Mark Twain story. But The Peanut Butter Falcon’s Huckleberry Finn isn’t a forgotten outcast, he’s a runaway young man with Down Syndrome named Zac (Zack Gottsagen) who is looking to become a wrestler. And instead of cruising down the Mississippi River our protagonists find themselves rafting down the waterways of North Carolina.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is a hard movie to describe. It checks so many boxes in movie storytelling. It is a buddy comedy, a love story, a family drama, an odyssey, a sports movie, a road trip adventure but mostly it is a wonderful feel good piece of gooey goodness. You will leave the theater with love in your heart and a great movie under your belt.
Writer/Directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz wrote the movie specifically for Zack Gottsagen after cultivating a long friendship with him. Realizing that an actor with Down Syndrome probably wouldn’t get that many opportunities to act in a major motion picture, the movie was born. This is how the magic happens. Shia LeBeouf is doing a great job on his comeback tour, I might add. He fuels Tyler with the everyday compassion that the world in general is missing right now.
The Peanut Butter Falcon won the Audience Award and Best of Fest at the Nantucket Film Festival, the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival and the Truly Movie Picture Award at Heartland Film. I was lucky enough to see a preview with many members of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. I could feel their appreciation and warmth towards The Peanut Butter Falcon. I would think that is much more important than any award out there.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is now playing in theaters!