What if the Great American Novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is modernised and updated? The result is Peanut Butter Falcon. Only that there’s no influence of another iconic hero of the book, Tom Sawyer is absent.
Zak is a youngster suffering from Down Syndrome. Fed up with the way the government run care facility treats him, he runs away from there. On the other hand is Tyler, a man fired for bringing in illegal crab catches, decides to burn the gear of his rivals, and goes on the run himself. Zak wants to become a successful wrestler just like his childhood hero, the Saltwater Redneck. The two bumbling heroes meet and quickly become friends.
Both of them are chased by their own ‘diehard fans’: Zak is searched for by Eleanor to bring him back to the Care, and Tyler is pursued by two men who wants to exact their revenge.
Meanwhile Tyler who teaches normal ways of living for Zak gives him the name Peanut Butter Falcon and wants to join him under the care of Saltwater Redneck. With people pursuing them and the prospect of reaching Saltwater Redneck becoming impossible as they understand the man no longer exists, how the duo continue their journey and if Zak becomes the wrestling champion he desires to become form the basis of this film.
Shia LaBeouf as Tyler is terrific in his role as the bumbling but normal best friend of our hero. His chemistry with Zack Gottsagen as Zak is superb. Dakota Johnson is fun to watch the duo as the lady Tom Sawyer of sorts. With strong performances backed by slick direction and gorgeous visuals and a river travel just like in Huckleberry Finn, Peanut Butter Falcon is a great film to watch with entire family on a weekend day.
Funny and thought provoking, the Tyler Nilson-Michael Schwartz directorial is a sleeper hit when released. Now it’s available in Amazon Prime Video to watch in India.