Saturday, January 22, 2011
Movie of the Month—CATFISH
Okay, here's the thing about CATFISH. You have to go in knowing virtually nothing about the movie... which makes reviewing it kinda hard. Having said that, telling you the basic set-up won't spoil anything. In a nutshell, it's a doco made by two guys, Rel and Henry, who use Rel's brother Nev as their subject as he begins a Facebook relationship with a young girl who is something of an artistic genius. Nev himself is a photographer, and he and the young girl strike up a genuine friendship. When Nev is introduced (online) to the young girl's family, he ends up falling in love (online) with the young girl's older sister, Megan.
That's all I'm gonna say about the plot of the movie. But trust me, this film is fantastic!! It's so utterly compelling and holds up so many mirrors to the world we've created for ourselves. If THE SOCIAL NETWORK was about starting up Facebook, then CATFISH is the movie that shows us the effects of Facebook—socially, personally, emotionally.
Some people have questioned the authenticity of the doco, whether it's real or not. The filmmakers stand by their claim that its completely authentic. To be honest, it doesn't really matter. This film raises so many real issues and delivers its message so well that it proves to be must-see filmmaking regardless of whether it's real or not! I'm giving CATFISH 9 out of 10!