Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
New SWITCHCast episode out now! Click to listen to reviews of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', 'Ferdinand', 'Slack Bay' and more.x
review, The Florida Project, The, Florida, Project, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Willem Dafoe, Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair, Karren Karagulian, Sandy Kane, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Carl Bradfield, Sean Baker, Drama film rating

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

★★★★

A PURELY AUTHENTIC SLICE OF LIFE

THEATRICAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Jess Fenton
30th November 2017
Year after year, I’ve been forced to watch extraordinary performances pass through awards season without so much as a sideways glance from the voters. Why? Because they don’t fit the standard, they would upset the system, and because they weren’t Meryl Streep. In 2001, it was a six-year-old Dakota Fanning in ‘I Am Sam’. In 2013, it was a voice performance by Scarlett Johansson in ‘Her’. And every goddamn year, it’s Andy Serkis who continues to blow my mind with each and every project he takes on. This year, it’s the remarkable performance of Moonee by six-year-old Brooklyn Prince in the independent ‘The Florida Project’ that has left me in awe.

Moonee lives in a purple motel called The Magic Castle in the shadows of Disney World. During the summer when school is out, Moonee and her ragtag group of fellow motel residents run amok around the property and its surrounding areas causing mischief, chaos and bothering the manger/father figure-type Bobby (Willem Dafoe). Some days, Moonee accompanies her young mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) as she hustles tourists to make rent by sometimes more than questionable means.

'THE FLORIDA PROJECT' TRAILER

‘The Florida Project’ doesn’t go anywhere, it’s simply a slice of life under a microscope, and it’s magnificent - only, the writer/director Sean Baker (‘Tangerine’) doesn’t seem to know this. He so desperately tries to give the story a direction that it ends abruptly with an out-of-sorts final few minutes that are not in keeping with the original film. Normally it’s a film’s end moments that leave the lasting impression on its audience - fortunately for Baker, what comes before those last moments are so magical that his ending is (almost) forgivable.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Prince is the star of the show, her emotional depth and command of every scene is a sight to behold.

But ‘The Florida Project’ just needs to be about its characters, these fabulous characters. Each and every portrayal invokes such sympathy, such empathy, laughter and tears. Sean Baker truly is an actor's director. It’s no exaggeration to say that Prince is the star of the show, her emotional depth and command of every scene is a sight to behold - not just anyone can out shine a co-star like a purple castle-like motel. Not only does she do it, but she can even get you to ask "There was a purple castle hotel in that movie?"

In a word, ‘The Florida Project’ is authentic. No one is looked down on or victimised, it’s simply a snapshot of real lives and we’re granted the honour of witnessing such unsung beauty and vitality. Willem Dafoe has and will continue to collect accolades this awards season, but I hope he recognises the young people who got him there.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 21/12/2017
RUN TIME: 1h 55m
CAST: Willem Dafoe
Bria Vinaite
Brooklynn Prince
Caleb Landry Jones
Macon Blair
Karren Karagulian
Sandy Kane
Valeria Cotto
Christopher Rivera
Carl Bradfield
DIRECTOR: Sean Baker
WRITERS: Chris Bergoch
Sean Baker
SCORE: Lorne Balfe
a24films.com/films/the-florida-project
FloridaProject
Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Arnie's back... in 3D
TRENDINGWIN TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAYArnie's back... in 3D
Wind River - Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen battle the stark wilderness
TRENDINGWIN WIND RIVERJeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen battle the stark wilderness
Breathe - Andrew Garfield's inspirational true portrayal
TRENDINGWIN BREATHEAndrew Garfield's inspirational true portrayal
Call Me By Your Name - A beautiful love story starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet
TRENDINGWIN CALL ME BY YOUR NAMEA beautiful love story starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - A bold new vision for the legendary saga
TRENDINGSTAR WARS: THE LAST JEDIA bold new vision for the legendary saga
Just To Be Sure - A baffling French film
TRENDINGJUST TO BE SUREA baffling French film
© 2011 - 2017 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Disclaimer | Contact Us