This is my 3994th Review
Thanks to Keith of Keith Loves Movies for this recommendation.
Here are his thoughts on the film.
Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Apr 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A look at the teenage years of future serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
My Take on it – This is a film that I was sorta interested in seeing due to the fact that I recall the days when the revelations about Jeffrey Dahmer shocked the world.
The subject matter isn’t always easy to digest and due to the way that they show this as a coming of age film of a future serial killer, it gets quite disturbing on numerous occasions.
This is a subject that isn’t really easy to present and they do a fair job of it.
The get parts of the coming of age aspects of this film right but since this film isn’t dealing with a “regular” kid, it does manage to veer into disturbing and devious territory.
Alex Wolff does a fine job portraying the awkwardness of Dahmer throughout and thinks feel even more awkward due to his inner feelings and urges which keep bubbling to the surface.
The problem is that the story doesn’t feel as interesting and engrossing as one would expect and hope from a film like this.
Who knows whether this film is right about what possibly triggered Dahmer’s inner demons but it gives an interesting idea to it all that just doesn’t work as well as it might have.
Bottom Line – Very strange subject matter that isn’t easy to present well. They get part of the coming of age aspect right but because we aren’t dealing with a “regular” teenager, it veers into very devious and disturbing territory. Wolff does a fine job of portraying an awkward teen who is even more awkward due to his inner feelings and urges. Overall quite a disturbing, but not engrossing look at what might have happened to trigger the inner demon in Dahmer.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Right after filming a scene, Alex Wolff (Derf) wasn’t feeling well and started cursing out Jeffrey Dahmer. At that exact moment, all the power and backup generators cut out and Alex immediately started yelling out apologies. He said he felt like he was being haunted as he tried to sleep that night. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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