Percy vs Goliath (2020) – Movie Review
6th June 2021 Written by Peter Walkden
Based on a true story.
Percy Schmeiser (Christopher Walken) is a Canadian farmer. We learn that Percy is married, enjoys working hard, and is a man of faith. He also calls himself a seed saver, and his farm, along with the seeds, has been carried down through many generations. But soon Percy receives a letter that informs him that his seeds and crops have been stolen from a major corporation. At first, Percy is hit with a fine of ten thousand dollars which he refuses to pay and is left with only one other option, which is to take a large corporation to court. He hires a lawyer named Jackson Weaver (Zach Braff), who advises Percy to give in and pay the ten thousand dollars. But for Percy, his farm and seeds are his life, and he chooses to fight no matter the outcome. While in court, Percy also meets a young woman named Rebecca Salcau (Christina Ricci), who is keen to support him by offering him a few campaigns and fundraising events.
For the positives, the film is stunning visually. The film includes great shots of farmlands and generally captures emotions well, especially when the leading character is delivering solid monologues on screen. Performances, for the most part, are brilliant. Christopher Walken provides a touching performance, and it is rather convincing that his character is passionate about his fight. More than that, we get the impression that Percy wants to fight for other farmers’ rights. Actor Zach Braff was also excellent, and I enjoyed witnessing the actor take on a unique role. Unfortunately, despite Christina Ricci’s delivery of a light and fun performance, her character felt rather vague.
Sadly, Ricci’s character is not the only element that felt vague for me. While I found myself quite curious about the plot and the actual outcomes for Percy and his family farm, there are plot details that feel either vague or unclear, especially when viewers understand the many terms about seeds and planting. These moments of confusion, for the most part, occur within a courtroom. However, even after the film, I still raised many questions, and I felt like the film either missed explaining details or did not understand everything as an audience member. The pacing is excellent for most of the duration, with only the third act taking what feels like a slight detour before its conclusion. No matter, I enjoyed the film’s heart and the filmmakers’ desire to share this story with movie lovers worldwide.
Overall, this film is quite enjoyable and pleasing. Sharing a touching true story of a man standing up for himself and others, the film provides excellent performances as a bonus. Percy Vs Goliath is bound to please many movie lovers. While the film is loaded with positives, the film does have moments relating to plot details that feel vague, along with a third act that takes a slight detour before delivering a touching conclusion.
Percy vs Goliath (2020) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas!