The Movie: 8/10
Fictional stories can be all fluff and shine and fantasy, and then they can be hard hitting reminders of our humanity in good and bad ways. The Peanut Butter Falcon blends it all together with a gritty kind of attitude that makes me feel uncomfortable, and right at home at the same time.
Two men on a quest, watch it to find out what it is, and along the way hearts and minds are changed, of course. It doesn’t sound that interesting. In fact, it sounds like a Hallmark movie. I guess there isn’t anything wrong with Hallmark movies, but to be honest, I’ve never watched a whole one. I get restless and bored and by the second commercial, I’m ready for something salty to go with all the sugar.
That’s the thing with this movie. It’s not too sweet, and it does have some tartness here and there. You might feel uncomfortable from time to time because of the dynamic between our leading men, but hey, that’s what good stories do, they wake you up and cause a reaction.
Every scene is beautiful to look at and the sets create the world of these characters in a way that convinces me instantly that it’s their “reality”.
It might feel awkward and inappropriate at times, and that’s the beauty of it. Why do we devalue people who are different from us? Why do we dismiss someone because they don’t fit some kind of socially constructed idea of what we should all be? Because we are idiots, if we are honest. So, what does it take to rattle and shake away the delicate cages we live in and the ways we decide how everyone should live their lives? It takes an adventure in life that sends you down a path that has no room for all the constructed bullshit you are carrying about what you SHOULD do, who you SHOULD be, who you SHOULD be with, and how you SHOULD live the entirety of your short life on this planet….and that’s the power of this movie. I loved it.
- Zack’s Story: The Making Of The Peanut Butter Falcon (6 Minutes) – A look at the films costar and how this movie was created around him.
- Images From The Peanut Butter Falcon (1 Minute)
- Theatrical Trailer (2 Minutes)
- Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 7/10
The Peanut Butter Falcon comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate and an AVC encoded 1080P transfer in 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The movie has some great shots but can look kind of washed out and milky at times. Close up detail is good and vistas shine in the great outdoors. I just wish the contrast was a bit better as it missed the mark a little for me.
The DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 track used here is quite good for a mostly talky movie. Dialog is clean and simple and a special mention should be given to the Cajun style score used throughout.
Overall Score 8/10