My Friend Dahmer (2017) 👍👍👍👍 #derfbackderf
A good but not great pre-80's high school movie. Instead of #joncryer
being the butt of every joke, it's Jeffrey Fucking Dahmer.
I was in High School in the early 90's. My heavy metal band wrote songs about the legend of Jeffrey Dahmer. In middle school, I was always more of a spaz then a nerd, geek or dweeb. I'm a little reluctant to admit that I identified with the character a lot. I wish that my bullies had shown me half the remorse that was shown here, but I didn't grow up to give them something to really be sorry for (that they know of, wink wink). So anyway, it's a pretty depressing film. I was very excited to hear that this film was being made because I read the graphic novel about two years ago. Now that is a sick and twisted book. Kind of like R. Crumb book about serial killers. Actually, a whole lot like #RCrumb
. The film isn't half as dark as the book. I'd be willing to bet some executive made the decision to tone it down a lot.
The film has no teeth, but it had a decent music selection: early punk and late 70's Arena rock. Some of it had that #iTonya
or maybe a #BoogieNights
feel. "Doing the Dahmer" is a very clever dance metaphor. I just wish it was a little bit more stylized.
The more I write the more I'm realizing it's less and less great, but it's a legendary story, and to view it from the angle of a high school kid just starting his "career" as a serial killer is a very brave place to make a stand as a screenwriter. In the grand scheme of serial killer films, this is by far one of the best. It's compassionate, interesting, and most importantly, not dumb, and that, as I've said before, is the surest sign of intelligence.
I'll give it a reserved reservation. Not for everybody.
#jeffreydahmer #rosslynch #anneheche #dallasroberts #lioneldahmer