Starring: Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Director: Sean Baker
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
Filmed to seem like a documentary (well that’s how I felt while I was watching it), The Florida Project follows around young Moonee (Brooklyn Prince) as her and her friends cause mischief during one Orlando summer. There are some good and bads to this movie.
The goods: Overall, the story itself wasn’t bad. It really captured what I assume to be some lifestyles that are happening in our country. It makes me sad, but the way that Moonee portrays herself regardless of the misgivings is great to watch, she’s always happy and doesn’t know anything else. Willem Dafoe is probably the only character that I didn’t hate in this film. His Academy Award nomination for this role is definitely deserved.
The bads: I didn’t enjoy watching misbehaving kids run around and cause chaos. Literally the entire movie is them screaming, talking back to adults, and just being naughty. It really bothers me when parents can’t or don’t care enough to get their kids under control. Which I guess is the point of this film.
There really isn’t much else to this film. The end scene was very dramatic. Brooklyn took the cake on this one with the way her character is acting. I’m not a social worker, I do have friends in that field though, and I can only imagine that this is how young children act when being taken away from the life that they know. One thing though, I don’t really understand why Moonee and Yancey run to Disney World. I guess it’s the happiest place on Earth and she just wanted her friend to feel better? I’d like to go there too, Moonee.
I just thought the film was “Okay.” The fact that I was annoyed the entire time watching it doesn’t really help in a good rating. I did like Willem Dafoe and I did like the overall message that the film is trying to say, but that’s it. It kind of had a feel of the beginning of Moonlight to me, without all the violence (2.5/5).
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