My Friend Dahmer (2017) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Marc Meyers
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Vincent Kartheiser
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Filmrise/MVD Visual
Based off the graphic novel of the same name, My Friend Dahmer, by artist John “Derf” Backderf, this tells the story of a young Jeffrey Dahmer as he struggles to belong in high school. This shows the lead-up and perhaps even gives a look at what caused the infamous serial killer to do what he did.
I feel like I should have probably liked this film a lot more than I did. Don’t get me wrong, I did like it, but I didn’t love it and after all the positive reviews I’ve seen for it I expected to love it. This is a true indie film that does pack that indie charm to it, but I do feel it is a movie that could have at least gotten with things a bit quicker and cut about ten minutes off of it in doing so. The movie tends to really brood over the point and that isn’t always needed. Outside all of that, we find a character that does make you feel a little sorry for him despite all we know he has done. The film tends to paint Dahmer as a kid that might have turned out different if his parents weren’t so caught up in their own drama to notice. Even when they do notice they don’t do enough or much of anything to stop it. He does wild things to stand out at school that gets him some friends (one being the guy who’d write the graphic novel) but things just tend to keep spiraling out of control for him in the movie.
He goes from messing with road kill to considering killing a doctor he seems to be attractive to as we chronical the youth of Jeffrey Dahmer. It can be hard at times to feel bad for a guy who you know goes on to do what he does but that does seem to be a big point of the film. I’ve heard that this movie sort of missed the charm of the source material and I’d like to go back and read the graphic novel now because this is a movie that feels to be missing something, I’m just not 100% sure what. It’s good enough for the once over but I don’t think you’ll be going back to it much.
– Interview with Ross Lynch
– Behind the Scenes Slideshow
– Official Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 95%