Fly with the Peanut Butter Falcon
Sep 03, 2019 10:05AM
By Missy Ruzicka
It has been an action-packed summer filled with superheroes and animated favorites brought to life. I have enjoyed the live action movies of Aladdin and Lion King and of course our neighborhood Spiderman swinging into his own adventure, but we already knew what was going to happen. We’ve seen the Genie grant wishes, Scar kill Mufasa, and Spider Man defeat the bad guy again, so when I saw the trailer for the Peanut Butter Falcon, I knew it was going to be a refreshing change from our summer blockbusters.
First things first, I’ve been a huge fan of Shia LaBeouf since he was a little kid, entertaining my kids on Disney’s Even Stevens TV show, and I absolutely loved him as Sam Witwicky in the Transformer movies, so we know he can hold a movie on his own. I think he is a very talented actor and even though he has come across some hard times and has been a Hollywood outcast, I can’t help but cheer for him when he’s on the screen – and this is a fantastic roll for him. He is troubled and heartbroken and you can feel all of it just by looking into his eyes. As wonderful as Shia is in this, it’s his relationship with the newcomer Zach Gottsagen that will having you falling in love with this movie.
Peanut Butter Falcon is a little movie with a huge heart! It’s a story about Zak (played by Gottsagen) who is a young man with Down Syndrome who runs away from the retirement home, where the state of North Carolina has placed him, to become a professional wrestler. Without giving away too much he meets up with Tyler (played by LaBeouf), who is a young man running from his own problems and they team up for a grand adventure where they not only become friends but as Zak says ‘friends are the family you choose.’
There is a scene in the beginning of the boy’s friendship where Shia’s character tells Zak how all the people who called him the ‘R-word’ were wrong and that’s not what defines him, but it’s the size of his heart that determines if he’s a good man and he is a good man. I had tears streaming down my face for as a teacher I’m crushed that there are still such ugly labels attached to kids and I was touched by the way that Tyler doesn’t see Zak with labels, he just see’s him as his friend and helps him get the confidence he needs to become the Peanut Butter Falcon.
Not only does this movie have a wonderful charming story, but the cinematography is truly breathtaking and makes you want to join them on their Huck-Finn type adventure. It’s refreshing for Hollywood to have an original screenplay that brings together a good story and an endearing cast, in a beautiful location that makes us laugh and cry all at the same time and has us leaving the theater wanting more. Do yourself a favor and take a friend to go see The Peanut Butter Falcon, you won’t be disappointed.