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“Welcome back to the big screen, Mr. Labeouf.”
I think we can all agree that Shia LaBeouf is talented, but to come back after a hiatus and hit us with a performance like this, he has to be more than talented; brilliant, if you will. He gave us perspective on 'Zac' that is relevant and necessary now and going forward by allowing us to fall in love with him. The script was beautifully written but between the lines, Shia wrote poetry with his eyes. The plot line of being a broken person worked well, though, the outlaw portion seemed unnecessary and a little excessive. It seemed like enough heart ache, that Zac would eventually heal for him, to lose a brother at his own hand and didn't also need a character trait that was up to no good.
Zack Gottsagan is a shining star and has paved a lane for all people with developmental disabilities in the entertainment industry. His performance was authentic, hilarious, and well-rounded. His depth of character was that of a seasoned professional and I look forward to his career as I'm sure it will be long and successful. His plot line was simple, yet full of emotion and his character arch was complete and rich. The plot could have easily led to a one-noted character. Instead, it provided a story of man who was always a hero and just needed to open his eyes to see it. Bravo.
Dakota Johnson was stunning as always and gave a more outwardly emotional performance that we are used to seeing from her. It was refreshing to see a huge franchised star sink her soul into something a lot more human and raw. I didn't buy her romantic feelings for Tyler but felt more like they were chosen family friends, which would make the same impact on the plot.
The heartwarming ending left me in happy tears as the damaged humans shed their shells and allowed truth and love into their hearts via The Peanut Butter Falcon. This film is an education for audiences as it guides us through the learning process of what it's like to be and to be around someone with a developmental disability, We need this movie to not only be seen in theaters, but to be seen and studied in classrooms across the nation. It's relevant, important, and will make you feel hopeful for the future.