Jack Bool’s review published on Letterboxd:
One of the most rewarding cinematic experiences of my life. 'The Florida Project' is a poignant, moving & emotionally satisfying experience unlike any other. Undoubtedly, one of the defining films of this millennium.
The genius of Sean Baker's film is that for the majority of it's runtime, it is told from the children's perspective. Revelations are held until the final act, demonstrating that Baker has masterfully encapsulated the feeling of being a small child. No matter how bad the situation may be, we are products of our environment thus relinquishing the ability to process the situation at hand.
What I have just witnessed is masterful! Forgive me for continuously gushing but as with every other department, the cast are exquisite. The fact that the majority have no prior experience making motion pictures only emphasises their achievements. I almost feel guilty singling out a handful of actors as the whole ensemble really are spectacular but young, Brooklynn Prince has a very bright future ahead of her as does her on-screen mother played by, Bria Vinaite. Whilst I understand that there is still a long way to go, I would be shocked if we don't see Willem Dafoe collecting his first Academy Award for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role come March 4th.
Gorgeously shot and meticulous in it's use of colour, a lot of emphasis has been placed on selecting the perfect locations. Everything looks incredibly grandiose thus playing into the belief that the film makes you feel like a kid. On a personal note, it made me recall my own childhood. Knocking on doors, going out & having fun. Even though it is set in the modern day, the film has a timeless quality. It touched every emotion within me and I genuinely loved it.
I sit through hundreds of films on a yearly basis in hope of seeing something truly remarkable and 'The Florida Project' is the epitome of that. It has reaffirmed my love for the medium and that is the greatest compliment of all.