Catfish – Documentary Review
Genre: documentary film, sensitive and a little smarmy love story, unbelievably good story about identity and personhood
Starring: Ariel Schulman, Angela Wesselman-Pierce, 16 Facebook profiles
Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
For fans of: intrigue, suspense, not catfish. If you’re watching this because you like catfish, you’re going to be very disappointed.
ONE MINUTE SUMMARY
Unfortunately, the title doesn’t say much about this movie. Which is a shame; because this is one of the most intriguing stories I’ve watched from 2010’s batch of documentaries. It’s hard to give a plot summary, because almost everything is a plot spoiler. It’s about love and identity. And art. Ariel (Rel) learns of a young artist, falls in love with his sister, then meet’s their mom. That’s all I can say
COMMENTS (spoilers A Go-Go)
I don’t care. Of course I looked it up to see if it was real, but in the end it doesn’t matter. It’s real in the film, and that’s all we ask of film-makers.
The trailer to Catfish is misleading. If you watch it, you’ll think that this is The Last Exorcist or Paranormal Activity. But it’s not scary. It is, however, intriguing. And in the end, a little too saccharine. The ending is so sensitive, it’s kind of anti-climactic. But that’s how it should be if it is real, because we are dealing with real people who have real feelings.
I am so thankful that they guys had some experience with camera work. They didn’t try to add or keep in many of those head-jarring camera shakes that many documentaries have. Good job.
YOU SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE
I highly recommend it.
OVERALL RATING: 9 out of 10