Spectacularly visual, 'The Florida Project' will bring some warmth to a cold London winter
Wednesday 15th November 2017 | Grace
Following the lives of three young children and the mischief that they get up to, The Florida Project is a film that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions. From laughing along with cheekiness of the kids to feeling anger at their down-right rudeness. This film will certainly put a new perspective on what a lot of people often forget, what it feels like to be a child.
The film is essentially set through the eyes of a child living in the underbelly of America, the innocents of not having to deal with the pressures of being an adult and what it feels like to explore and enjoy the world in a way only children do.
In the movie, six-year-old Mooney, the main character, spends the hot Florida summer with her friends hustling money for ice-cream, spitting on local’s cars and wandering around the abandoned houses that were once meant for wealthy holiday makers wanting to visit the nearby Disney World.
As the children and their mostly single and low-income parents live in the cheap yet colourful motels designed for tourists, there is a representation of the people in America who end up in these situations, and there is a strong message about their struggling lives and what they have to do to make money.
Shot in a very interesting documentary style, with lots of close-ups and elongated shots, the film almost feels like a piece of art that has come to life.
The superb acting from both famous and new names in the film brings a real sense of believability, and it almost feels as if the audience is sat there with them rather than watching them on the cinema screen hundreds of miles away.
Despite the odd slow scenes, the humour, warmth and all over aesthetics of the film make it one of the best films of the year and for good reasons, as this film really stands out from the Hollywood grain to tell a story that really means something.