Review – Catfish (2010)


You know you like someone when you photoshop them into a photo of you - generally a better photo none the less.

SPOILER FREE

Synopsis:
Nev, a NYC photographer strikes up an unlikely relationship with a  Michigan family, initially through art. Nev’s brother and his film partner decide to document this unusual relationship. We watch it develop to its current day form.

Pluses:
Nicely rounded out.
Nothing like the trailer. After seeing the trailer I had NO intention on seeing it, yet given all the positive reviews, felt I should ignore my preconceptions and go.
I didn’t ask for my money back.
It meets your hypothesis then forces you to redraw them.
Some LOL moments.

Minuses:
I saw 4 people leave, and I was over 1/3 way down in the cinema, so probably more than that walked out.
If you have seen it and want to see other minuses – spoiler zone below.

If the objective of this movie is for you to talk about it, get on line and search about it (DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT) then it excels. It is entertaining. One thing it isn’t is a thriller. Whomever cut the trailer should be fired.

#twoandahalftwistyturnypandas

SPOILERS:
If you have seen it and want to read my thoughts, highlight and drag as I have written them in white text.

In many ways, this film reminds me of the documentary, The Red Chapel. Who is spinning and lying to whom. How far will you go, and what will you tell yourself to get what you want. No one is innocent.

Anyone who played any MMORPG is very familiar with the concept and the lengths that people will go to to garner attention, affection and self worth. I remember in EQ, one person we had in our guild faked her own suicide on line, including having their brother post on our message board and him following her wish that her character live on. It isn’t like this movie is going anywhere new – Gatica, The Fantastic Mr Ripley – the only thing different is the medium which is “so hot right now.”

Is it real? Is it fake. There are some holes in the plot. The one that screamed at me were the postcards being RTS’ed when they were sent weeks ago, yet they are conveniently in the letter box. As soon as that happened, I felt over played to me… well more over played that it had previously.

If you are an Australian over 30, you may remember a test that George Negus (I think it was) pulled on the Australian media to prove they don’t do any background research. He got an actor, and faked a history of this psychic (from memory). He got him booked on the Mike Walsh Show, where he had a tanty and threw a glass of water over the host. Then it went into a media firestorm – and the “journalists” did nothing to verify any of the bogus information – The psychic did interviews, they set up all this fake info, and everyone bought it – it wasn’t until the following week on 60 Minutes that the truth came out.  Thanks to @Rastas000 who checked the spoilers (naughty lad) and found video of this event. Was Richard Carlton, but not too bad for a brief memory of the failure of Australian journalism. You can see it here. To me, that is Catfish. There is just enough background truth, I think most of it is unscripted, but I don’t think it is real. These days it is way to easy to set up a false paper trail on line. Heck, I have one for my nom de plume! (I don’t mean Pandas)I cannot believe that if he was was that into her he never googled. Everyone googles. IN the end though, it is all just too neat and tidy.

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3 Responses to “Review – Catfish (2010)”

  1. Taezar (@Taezar) (@Taezar) (@Taezar) Says:

    RT @howmanypandas: #Catfish is nothing like the trailers – it was enjoyable. SPOILER FREE REVIEW http://t.co/siGMcsD

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  3. Taezar (@Taezar) (@Taezar) (@Taezar) Says:

    RT @howmanypandas: In case you missed it at midnight last night, I review – Catfish (2010) http://bit.ly/dVSu4h Not at all what I was expecting

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