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Movie Review: The Florida Project on Netflix

Movie The Florida Project
Genre Independent Drama Film
Language English
TNS Score 89
Platform Netflix
Release 2017
Cast Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe, Mela Murder
Director Sean Baker

Plot

Overshadowed by one of the most beautiful and magical kingdom of dreams, Disney Land, Moonee lives in her own world with her friends, craving for adventure every day. Living with her downtrodden teenage mother in a motel, we see Moonee’s story.

Writing

The story has been written well, maintaining the intended raw element. The narrative progresses in a way that we get to see Moonee and the people surrounding her in their own naturalistic lifestyle. Though it’s a very simple tale it certainly emerges out with a strong message and impact.

Moonee’s life represents multiple lives of such children, who’re surrounded by but have no access to, the privileges and temptations, due to lack of resources to ever reach them. Despite all this, what matters in the end? It’s the world that the children create for themselves, filled with happiness and adventures.

Direction

The film has been rendered with great perception, the realistic and raw element of the movie makes it stand out. This critically acclaimed film represents a downtrodden section of American society.

This representation is fabricated and woven into the narrative of a little girl, Moonee. Had it not been for such a flawless direction, the film would’ve lost its essence. The milieu created by the virtue of direction compliments the main narrative.

Performance

Brooklynn Prince has done an amazing job while characterizing Moonee, her talent is so natural and raw that no wonder, it is one of the highlights of the film. The innocence of the character comes out beautifully on the screen.

Bria Vinaite has also done great work, depicting a teenage single mother. Furthermore, Willem Dafoe’s skills have been greatly depicted on the screen as he plays the role of a good-natured and rational manger of the motel Moonee lives in, along with her mother.

Reception

The Florida Project premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 6, 2017, by A24. The film was praised for Baker’s directing and the performances, particularly Prince and Dafoe. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year.

Conclusion

The film is a complete package, that will make you think. It’s clearly a work of art when we critically watch the film, as a challenge to the creative drives of its creator. It’s very offbeat and definitely deserves a watch. It’s almost as if it’s challenging the mainstream fairy tales and building a much more realistic narrative and climax. You cannot miss watching the film for its amazing direction, offbeat writing, flawless performance, and a great impact.  

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