Catfish — Movie Review #JPMN

Catfish — Movie Review #JPMN


Before I begin, I should mention that Catfish
is a film perhaps best explored without absolutely zero knowledge about its plot. But, if you’ve
already heard something about it, or had the ending spoiled for you – it doesn’t diminish
from its impact or effectiveness anyway. Either way, I will do my best to avoid any major
spoilers… Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman take us along for an adventure in the life
of Ariel’s brother Nev – a young photographer in New York City. It is a startlingly honest
and exposing tale, we are witness to a series of events as they unfold in real-time. We
watch as Nev begins to develop a friendship with Abby, an eight-year-old child prodigy
artist from rural Michigan, after she starts sending him paintings of Nev’s published photographs.
Eventually, Nev begins talking to Abby’s oldest sister Megan – whom he starts to form a long-distance
relationship with… exclusively through phone calls, and Facebook. Where our trio of documentary-makers
take us from here is both exciting, surprising, and emotional – but it is most certainly not
a “horror-thriller’ as some trailers have made it out to be. The filmmaking from brother
Ariel is deliberate here… in some instances almost prodding into his brother’s life, but
it’s these techniques that bring us that much closer to Nev’s private thought-process, and
the feelings he develops for Megan. It’s in these scenes of brutal honesty where we see
these people feeling nervous, uncomfortable, and vulnerable that we truly appreciate and
emphasize with their respective situations. “Catfish” is an exemplarily in it’s ability
to completely immerse it’s audience in it’s world for a thought-provoking, and captivating
86-minutes… all of which truly feel like you’re experiencing these moments right alongside
Nev, Henry, and Ariel. Even if you believe you’ve had the film spoiled for you, this
film is poignant reflection of the human character, and how some of us act in extreme situations,
and is definitely worth watching. Much has been said about this movie’s “supposed” authenticity,
but in my opinion, it is 100% genuine, and surprisingly suspenseful. “Catfish”, “An amazingly
honest character study.” Well, that’s what I thought about “Catfish”, now see what you
had to say in the YouTube comments. Some varying opinions there, so let’s bring
in the rate-o-matic to see how we rated, “Catfish’… an EIGHT and a SEVEN. While this moving may
not have been a true “thriller”, it was a brazen exanimation of human relationships,
and truly captivating, I thought it was GREAT. Enjoying it for its engrossing nature, and
suspense, but perhaps being turned-off by some the misleading hype surrounding the film,
you scored it a COOL.

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