The Florida Project



Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 69,467


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Reviewed by bankofmarquis 5 / 10 / 10

Not Strong Enough To Keep My Interest

THE FLORIDA PROJECT is one of those "slice of life" films, shot on a low budget that doesn't really have a plot but exposes the audience to 2 hours of what it would be like to live the life of someone - usually a disaffected fringe group. There is no real plot, so the film needs to hang itself onto how interesting the characters - and the situation they find themselves - are. These types of films are not usually my cup of tea, and this film was no exception. THE FLORIDA PROJECT, conceived, written and directed by Sean Baker (who did a similar-type of film about the transgender community, TANGERINE), is about the community of people living just at the poverty line in the shadow of Walt Disney World. These people are constantly scrambling to earn money to eat and live and to pay rent at one of the seedy, rundown motels boarding just outside "the happiest place on earth". We see this world through the eyes of Moonee - a "precocious" (I would say farel) youth who lives at one of these hotels with her mother, Halley. Moonee runs wild all day, doing whatever she wants and just 'living her life" while her mother hustles to make ends meet - all under the watchful eye of the motel's Manager, Bobby. There is no real plot to this film. We just follow Moonee and her pals Scooty, Dicky and Jancey as they go about their day getting into misadventures. 6 year old Brooklyn Prince (in her film debut) stars as Moonee and she is an engaging enough presence, but not nearly strong enough to keep my attention for the entire 2 hours of the film - and that's the issue with this film. It relies heavily on the audience's fascination with this 6 year old and I wasn't fascinated enough to watch her for 2 hours. Much more interesting to me to watch was another new actress, Bria Vinaite as her mother, Halley. I said she spends the film hustling - and I mean that in every sense of the word. Every interaction with another person is laced with the thought "what can I get out of this". She is always working an angle, looking for the quick score. She was a fascinating character, and I would have preferred that she would be the focus of this story. Overseeing these two - and the other denizen's of his Motel - is Willem DaFoe playing against type as the kindly, caring Manager, Bobby. DaFoe is nominated for an Oscar for his work in this film - and it is strong work (it's good to see DaFoe with something to sink his teeth into), but is it enough for an Oscar? I don't think so. Much like Mary J. Blige in MUDBOUND, I think it is a very good performance, but I kept waiting for the "Academy Award" scene from him, and it just didn't come. Ultimately, a labor of love for Sean Baker. It looks like a film that was made on a shoestring budget - and I'm sure that was intentional. The look and feel of this film mimics the circumstance that the characters find themselves in - including some "guerilla" filmmaking at Disney's Magic Kingdom itself. He made the type of film he wanted to make. It just isn't the kind of film I wanted - or am interested - in seeing. Letter Grade: C+ 5 (out of 10) stars and you can take that to the Bank(ofMarquis)

Reviewed by zkonedog 7 / 10 / 10

Lack Of Message Dooms This Odd Film

I'm open to new things in cinema. Especially over the past few years, I've really tried to embrace new filmmaking techniques and visions in understanding that everyone has their own unique stories to tell. That being said, because cinema is (at the end of the day) an entertainment medium, I also strongly believe that a film must have a message. That message doesn't have to be overtly political or overtly any one thing, but for me there does need to be some over-arching concepts that justify why this can be an entertaining experience. That is exactly where "The Florida Project" severely let me down. For a basic plot summary, this film tells the story of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a child living in a dilapidated motel on the outskirts of Disney World in Florida. Moonee basically runs around with a couple of other friends her age having adventures and stirring up much mischief along the way while her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) is jobless and must "hustle" (in multiple formats) to keep a roof over their heads. The owner of the motel, Bobby (Willem Dafoe), also struggles between being a "good cop" or a "bad cop" to the activities he sees at his motel on a daily basis. "Florida Project" is obviously supposed to be about as gritty, bleak, and true-to-life film as has ever been made. In my mind, it actually succeeds at that far too well, in a sense. If the overall goal of the picture is to showcase what poverty looks like (and I think it is), why not just film reality? It's not like this film really adds any storytelling structure of its own, instead meandering from place to place following Moonee. From the very beginning, I didn't know what I was supposed to be watching (or watching for, if you will), and I was no closer to that realization once the credits rolled. Another major issue I struggled with in the movie is how there does not seem to be anything redeemable about any of these characters (aside from very slight glimpses). Sure, Halley seems to love her daughter...but also uses her to scam people and evoke sympathy. There is never any mention of Halley trying to find a job or otherwise help their extreme poverty. A similar line of thought can be applied to Dafoe's character. Yes, he "helps" Halley bend/break the rules a bit so she can continue to stay at the motel...but isn't he really just enabling her? The bottom line, for me, is that when Child Protective Services came to take Moonee from Halley in the end, I was actually glad to see it, not sad like the film wanted me to be. Obviously, then, the rather dramatic ending sequence did nothing for me. All of that being said, I also realize that I seem to be the outlier here, as the film is getting generally very positive reviews and ratings. As I said in my opener, I think that is because I need to see more of a message in a film to really get behind it. Besides showing extreme poverty (which I argue could be done in any major city in the U.S. just by setting up a camera), I either did not understand or did not fall in line with what director Sean Baker wanted to project onto the viewing experience.

Reviewed by tm-sheehan 7 / 10 / 10

Trumps America :the gap between poverty and wealth widens

Set on the outskirts of Disney World Orlando Florida this Indie (Independent) low budget two million dollar film ( its made a profit of over 5.5 million) is disturbing, thought provoking good cinema and well worth a look. It starts and ends with The Celebration anthem and the final scenes were interestingly very clandestinely filmed on an Iphone6 plus without the permission of the Disney Corporation.. What happens in between is far from celebratory. It shows the disparity of wealth and near poverty in Trumps America, right on the doorstep of The Magic Kingdom. The young child actors in this movie are amazing, especially Brooklynn Prince as Mooney an out of control neglected child let run loose with her companions causing havoc and at the same time humour with their off the radar mischief caused entirely by their economic and emotional family or lack of circumstances. William DeFoe , nominated for a best supporting Oscar is the sandwich in the middle trying to be supportive to the residents of the Magic Castle Motel , all round nice guy who as motel manager has to play private detective and maintenance man for the owners , while at the same time trying to protect the Adult Children and their offspring. The film shows perfectly the failure of society and trickle down economics where you have a mega wealthy billion dollar Corporate and tourist Mecca minutes away from a welfare dependent and low paid community, where vice and petty crime are the only way for some like Halley, Mooney's trashy lazy Mum , who probably is only a victim of the cycle she was passing on to her daughter can survive. It's a sad movie , especially as it offered no solution and asks the question what will become of these characters, well worth seeing.

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