Peanut Butter Falcon is an American drama film having a person with Down’s Syndrome running towards the track of freedom to fulfill his dream. The lead character Zak runs away from his nursing home because he wants to become a wrestler. However, he knows that running away will not lead to a happier future. So he plans for his freedom, and with the help of the nursing home lady, he leaves for his happiness. After a few seconds, the security guard grabs him, and the screen blacks out, and Peanut Butter Falcon shows up on the screen. This funny introduction is the start of a comfortable ride in the movie. Firstly, the filming locations of Peanut Butter Falcon must have made you feel drooled over the beautiful landscapes.
The movie’s main lead Gottsagen has gathered a lot of attention worldwide due to the uniqueness of his character. Gottsagen always wanted to become an actor, and he also took professional training at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Art School located in West Palm Beach. In addition, he has also taught acting and dance at the local Jewish community center.
The film starts with Zak, a person having Down’s Syndrome, trying to figure out his way out of the nursing home in North Carolina to fulfill his dream of becoming a wrestler. He always watches Salt Water Redneck, a wrestler, and Zak is always motivated by him and wants to be like him one day. Zak leaves the nursing home wearing only a white tight one day. The film focuses on Zak’s abilities rather than his limitations, making the film a sweet treat to everyone. A lady at the nursing home named Eleanor takes care of Zak, and when he moves out of the nursing home, she goes out for him.
Zak wanders the North Carolina coast and meets a fisherman Tyler who helps him in his journey towards his happy life. Tyler is also running from his fishing enemies and police and agrees to accompany Zak to the wrestling school in Aiden on his way to Florida. All the three lead characters meet each other, and the journey to Aiden starts. Eleanor is played by Dakota Johnson, the famous actress from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Shia LaBeouf plays Tyler. The movie holds a great message of treating everyone equally without losing the comic timings and humor.
The filming locations of Peanut Butter Falcon were set in Georgia and North Carolina. The leading photography of the film was shot in Savannah in Georgia in 2017. Actors Jon Bernthal, John Hawkes, and Thomas Haden Church, who played essential roles towards the beginning and end of the movie, had shot most of their scenes in Savannah. However, most of the locations in The Peanut Butter Falcon were shot in the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
North Carolina is known for its beaches and incredible landscapes. The movie has most of the parts shot in Savannah, Georgia, a charming Southern escape with art, period architectural style, fashionable clothing stores, and ghost stories hidden beneath a veil of Spanish moss. The coast inspires savannah’s cuisine, and cocktails are served every meal.
‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Review
Peanut Butter Falcon is an empowering movie having Zak, a man with Down’s Syndrome showing the power in disability. The film has a theme of kindness, empathy, guns, and solid and raw characters like Tyler, who doesn’t see Zak’s disability and treats him like a normal human. Dakota Johnson playing Eleanor is a visual treat and how she cares about Zak is worth watching.
With the sweetness and comedy, viewers also witness violence, gun, shooting, wrestlers punching a kid, knife attacks, and whatnot. The movie is a must-watch for everyone to see the movie makers’ different points of view.