The Peanut Butter Falcon - Sweet But Not Persistent
What a wonderful movie to watch during the long Christmas holiday period. When nights start as early as 4 p.m. in the afternoon and then last like forever.
When your heart misses warmth and tenderness, when you want to be touched by emotions and doing "the right thing".
The story of Zak, a young man, who is not really suffering form down syndrome, but from the way, society treats him for that, flees from a home, that sees him like any other handicapped person - and meets another outlaw, a young man, who fell off the band wagon in his community after the death of his beloved brother; we later get to know, what bothers him really about that sad fact.
The movie plays with the myth of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, sending this odd couple on a raft down the waters of the South, from some point on in company of the always lovely Dakota Johnson, who plays the social worker, responsible for Zac.
So far, so good. the movie won several awards at the "tight " festivals, but never reached a greater audience, let alone got recognized by neither Globes nor Oscars.
And as unfair as those juries are, I have to say, I feel the same. Even though Shia LaBeouf and Zack Gottsagen play their parts both very convincing, in spite of funny supporting engagement of Bruce Dern - you can hardly believe what you see, as much as you wanted to.
Maybe the good old Hollywood studio story telling has lost his Midas touch, compared to the modern scripts of "The Farewell" or "And Then We Danced", "Babyteeth" or even "Parasite".
It takes more than one or two vague dialogues to convince us about the start of a friendship between those two strangers - how could no one notice that in the cutting process?
Go, watch the movie anyway. There will be at least fifty to sixty more of these long, dark nights, what else can you do, really?