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I LOVE THIS MOVIE. We bought this before it even came out after having seen it in the theater. Our youngest daughter has Down syndrome. Can I just say how fun Down syndrome is? I LOVE MY KID! This movie showed the multi dimensionality of a person who has a disability rather than making them a mascot or some weirdly noble caricature. My sister thought some of the lines Zack said were a little forced, but it is VERY real for persons with Down Syndrome to struggle with their words. I love how Tyler/Shia interacted with Zack. ASSUME COMPETENCE. Annabelle (our daughter) cooks, uses knives, can -- although often chooses not to -- clean up after herself. She is an amazing swimmer. If people knew how fun kids with DS are, they'd all be demanding one of their own!
"The Peanut Butter Falcon" (2019 release; 98 min.) brings the story of Zak and Tyler. As the movie opens, Zak, a 24 yr.old with Down Syndrome, is plotting to escape the facility where the state has put him (we later learn his family abandoned him). Meanwhile Tyler, caught stealing crab traps, is fired from his job and on the run. With the help of another resident, Zak finally manages to escape, in his underwear and without any money or outside help... At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Couple of comments: this movie is feature-length debut of co-writers and co-directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. The bring us the story of two misfits who somehow end up together on the adventure of a life time. Just as it takes time for these two to warm up to each other, it takes us the viewers also time to warm up to these characters. But as the movie plays out, the bond between the viewer and these characters grows very strong, and we are "all in". It took me a good 40 min. before I realized that the Tyler character is played by Shia LaBeouf, and played brilliantly at that. Ever since leaving the "Transformers" franchise, the guy has blossomed like never before. Dakota Johnson also shies in the side role of Eleanor, a staff member of the facility that Zak escaped and now sent to look for him. But surely the movie's limelight is stolen by Zack Gottsagen, playing Zak. It defies the impression/expectations so many people have about those with Down Syndrome. The movie is set in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and it looks gorgeous (and is filmed with many warm colors). Last but not least, there is a boatload of wonderful music, both as to the original score and other song placements, bringing a mix of bluegrass, folk, spirituals and much more. I will absolutely be seeking out the soundtrack of this film.
"The Peanut Butter Falcon" premiered at this year's SXSW, to immediate acclaim. The movie expanded this weekend into Greater Cincinnati. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended very nicely, I am happy to say. When the end credits started rolling, the audience burst into a spontaneous applause, a rarity these days. But there is a reason that this movie is certified 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. If you are tired of the umpteenth Marvel franchise movie or Disney "re-imagining" or sequel or prequel nonsense, and instead are looking for a top-notch ORIGINAL indie movie that happens to be one of the best movies of the year, by all mean I encourage you to check this out, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.
I work in education, specifically with special education which ranges from students that just need some extra learning support to much more needs. I also volunteer with families affected with disabilities. I want to get a negative out of the way first. The two star review said, "But these moments ultimately succumb to a nagging banality, and the meat-and-potatoes filmmaking doesn't do anything to add some much-needed spice. The cherry on top is a puzzlingly abrupt ending that fails to deliver on the catharsis the film seems to be aiming for. An unfortunate misfire on a well-meaning premise." -News flash, there is no movie that does not have some level of banality to it anymore especially in the last 10-15yrs. There is nothing new under the sun! I want to know how this person knows also what the catharsis the film seems to be aiming for? Because I am pretty sure that the person that wrote this review does not understand what the "catharsis" was meant to be. My personal understanding, I feel they hit the nail right on the head. To have such a large part in a film from a downs syndrome person is in itself a huge step. The friendship/relationship part is a huge part of the movie. But even more so is that the movie shows that we all have our shortcomings, and no we all cannot achieve whatever we want. But sometimes we are held back and we need to take a journey to find that we are stronger and can achieve things we didn't think we could. I think the ending of the movie was great. It was the start to a new adventure and a new life of possibilities. If someone knows the people who made this movie and I am way off, please tell them to let me know. But that is a small part of what I see in this movie. Own this movie, yes it is not spectacular but it is moving and it does have a purpose and meaning that is portrayed very well! I got SO excited when I saw it pop up on my prime movie listing!! I will also be buying the dvd!!
I saw this movie at a pre-screening event in Indiana. It was amazing! I highly recommend to viewers of all ages - there are a few "bad" words but nothing that is over the top or out of context. It is great to see Big Hollywood names in an independent film with the main character being a person with Down Syndrome. I have already pre-ordered :)
Ich m?chte gar nicht viel über den Film verraten. Bereits die Charaktere auf ihre Reise zu begleiten und gespannt zu sein, was passieren wird, ist einfach ein unglaublich sch?nes Abenteuer. The Peanut Butter Falcon darf wirklich ein absoluter Feel-Good-Film sein, wie ich ihn lange nicht mehr erlebt habe. Er hebt sich so angenehm von vielem anderen im z.B. Mainstream ab und führt den Zuschauer/die Zuschauerin nah an Themen, an die sich andere kaum heranwagen würden. Dabei ist der Film aber nie urteilend oder einer Richtung verweisend. Im Gegenteil, er zeigt wie Menschen einfach miteinander Mensch sein dürfen. Ohne Vorurteile, ohne richtig oder falsch. Dafür mit tollen Ecken und Kanten.
Ich kann diesen Film jedem ans Herz legen, der einfach Lust auf ein sch?nes Abenteuer hat, bei dem wundervolle Charaktere (gro?es Lob auch an alle Hauptdarsteller und Schauspieler), eine tolle Bildsprache und das … nun ja … Herz im Mittelpunkt steht.