MY FRIEND DAHMER (2017)
The story of young Jeffrey Dahmer, a highschool outcast, as he becomes the monster we all know.
Jeffrey Dahmer has always been a name I’ve heard but never really knew much about besides the fact that he was a serial killer. What this movie does best is show events that lead up to that. His home life sucked and he was bullied at school, two things that totally make sense when describing your typical killer (not always the case, just common things). Ross Lynch plays him perfectly and I wouldn’t want anyone else portraying such a strange person. He commits to the weird behaviors and although they sometimes came off as comical, looking back on them is much more disturbing. It sounds bad to say I felt for Dahmer, but I honestly did. Obviously I don’t condone murder but the shitty parenting and bullies at school could’ve easily been changed. The movie didn’t always feel like it was going anywhere, but I don’t feel like progression like that is necessary for a character piece.
A lot, of not all, of the side characters were left in the background for me. Most of the attention is always on Dahmer, which I liked, but I would’ve enjoyed learning more about his peers and their relationship with him. The ending has a pretty heavy change in tone which came outta nowhere, as the rest of the movie is fairly light. Speaking of that, IMDb has this listed as a horror movie. It’s not. That’s not a bad thing, but I feel like it’s disrespectful to the filmmakers to classify their film as a genre they weren’t going for.
My Friend Dahmer was a highly enjoyable and interesting look into a teen who eventually raped, killed, and ate multiple people. Getting me to feel bad for someone like that is a huge compliment and I praise this movie for that. Side characters don’t get the appreciation they deserve and the tone shift at the end disappointed me, but overall I really liked this movie.
MY RATING: 7/10
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