Blu-ray Review: The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon was written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz and stars Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes,, Thomas Haden Church and Bruce Dern with Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Mick Foley.

The Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome who runs away from a residential nursing home to fulfill his dream of attending the pro wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). On the road, Zak meets Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together, they set out on a wild, life-changing journey and try to convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing-home employee charged with bringing Zak back, to join them.

The story for this dramatic adventure with a sense of humor follows Zak, a rebellious 22-year old young man with Down syndrome who runs away from the nursing home he lives in and ends up meeting Tyler. Tyler is a free-spirited young man who’s kind of down on his luck and he’s also running away from something a little dangerous. Zak has dreams of becoming a professional wrestler and wants to meet his idol, The Salt Water Redneck, and Tyler decides to help his new friend reach his goal and experience a little bit of freedom. There’s also Zak’s case worker Eleanor who’s searching for him and when she finally catches up with them she reluctantly joins the adventure.

Eleanor is a little stiff in the beginning but she eventually relaxes and loosens up when she realizes what kind of good person Zak has befriended. The trio ends up having some fun together where their trip finally leads them to Zak’s hero even though he’s not really what he expected. Zak gets to live out his dream of wrestling with a little help from his hero and a few others but Tyler’s dangerous past finally catches up with him where he narrowly escapes with his life but thankfully he survives the painful altercation. This unique journey ends up bringing these three people together who form a special kind of bond that most people never find.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Peanut Butter Falcon ended up being just as described, an inspirational adventure that’s full of heart. The cast did a great job with their characters that’s led by newcomer Zack Gottsagen but the most impressive thing about this is that the two filmmakers decided to write the story and direct the movie after they met Zack who told them he wanted to be an actor. As inspiring as the movie is, so is the story of how everything came together and that’s what makes The Peanut Butter Falcon so special. It’s a fun adventure about friendship that reminded me of a modern day Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. There’s also a little fantasy and comedy thrown in to go with the light-hearted drama. All in all, I can see why so many viewers have already fallen in love with this wonderful movie and it’s because it’s one of the best watches of 2019. It’s an inspirational movie that’ll put a smile on your face and leave you feeling all good inside.The Peanut Butter Falcon will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on November 12th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making of featurette that also has interviews with some of the cast and crew, image gallery, theatrical trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Zack’s Story: The Making of Peanut Butter Falcon” Featurette (06:00)
  • Images from The Peanut Butter Falcon (01:13)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:38)
  • Digital Copy

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