REVIEW: “PEANUT BUTTER FALCON” (2019) Roadside Attractions

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I’m a big believer in second chances when it comes to actors who have fallen by the wayside. Shia LeBeouf (Tyler) is one of them I would like to see do well again because the guy can act..and act here he does. Right along with someone who is genuinely trying to make people take her seriously as an actress, Dakota Johnson (Eleanor). Both are going about it in the right way with some good lead roles in indies.

This sweet little gem of a film “Peanut Butter Falcon also boasts a few heavy hitter co-stars in  Bruce Dern and Thomas Haden Church . But the biggest star of all is  Zack Gottsagen who plays Zak, a young man with downs syndrome who is stuck living in an old folks home, and just wants to escape, meet his wrestling idol ‘The Salt Water Redneck‘ take lessons from him and live life.

The film takes us on a fun, Mark Twain like journey with humor and friendship showing their true colours. Inbetween the main story line is the back-end which tells why Tyler is needing something in his life told in flashbacks pictures with his brother Mark (Jon Berenthal), and what messing with Duncan (John Hawkes) crab-trapping livelihood down in the bayou, where the rules are most definitely different.

While it might be predictable as you know where the relationships between Tyler, Eleanor and Zak are all heading, again it’s the journey that makes it sweet, funny and very charming. If you get a chance to catch this limited release, do so as it is money well spent.

Grade: B-

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Media Review Screening: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 ~ Courtesy of LAFTV Film Group

‘THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON’ HITS THEATERS IN LIMITED RELEASE FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2019

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COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS ~ IT’S NITTY GRITTY TIME ~ BEST ACTOR

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aahhh Christian..loved you in this movie..No one can do a combover better than you! ha! And while you winning would totally be deserved, I just don’t think it’s going to happen this time around. 

While I think Bruce has had many good acting turns over his storied career, and this is a decent movie, this was a pretty basic performance of his for me.  Like he could have done it eyes-closed and for me, he doesn’t really deserve to be in this category with this movie up against some really stellar performances. Both June Squibb & Will Arnett out-acted him in this one. So no win here from me. 

Leo..damn you Leo!! You were quite simply put ‘fucking fantastic’ in this role. It was all yours and yours alone. You were just so good that it made the movie all the better and yes, I know you’ve been nominated 5 times and haven’t won and that so sucks…and you are my total runner-up and if you win I will not be sad because damn it, it would be so deserved!!! 

Good performance..but for me, not in the caliber of Leo’s or Matthew’s just as the movie wasn’t in that caliber either.. I truly thought there were others that were markedly better performances, but then this movie seems to be one of the darlings of the Oscars and so the performance stands. 

Well..Allright, Allright, Allright… yeah..it’s hard not to start off a Matthew McConaughey review without that. But let’s regress for a second. There was a time about 15+ years ago when he came on the scene in ‘Dazed & Confused’. ‘A Time to Kill’ etc.. that we just all thought.’wow, love this guy and he can act’ Then sometime right after all that, there was a fork in the road and one side said ‘corny movies, but money’ the other side said ‘good movies but no money’ We all know which road he took as up until early 2013 I can’t remember anyone in many years saying..’oh let’s go see that McConaughey movie’ but I do remember many times saying ‘let’s go see the Leo or Christian movie’ I even remember when Matthew was balding..and badly..and then came on Letterman and said he found this new product..started with an ‘A’ can’t remember the name, and his hair came back nicely. So nicely that when he finally got a grip on his career and said let’s do a few actual good movies again where I show people that yes, I can still act..And ‘Mud’ was wonderful.. But ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ blew me away..I loved everything about this movie and this performance.. And while it’s been dubbed the year of the “McConaissance’ I truly hope it last for a very long time as if ‘True Detective’ is any indication of this..I’m all back in Matthew and I hope you win this award!!!