MY FRIEND DAHMER REVIEWED
“My Friend Dahmer” is an adaptation of Derf’s graphic novel. While Derf was friends with Dahmer and got to see a lot of what happened, director Marc Meyers sprinkles in real-life case material to provide a proper history. The film plays under two hours, but it feels like everything from those High School years gets covered. As a student of serial killer history, it’s weird seeing that tipping point in a killer caught so well onscreen. So much was missed, but the killer was so solitary. Plus, his parents’ marital troubles provided a perfect cover.
I’d like to think if this happened 20 years later, somebody would’ve spotted the warning signs. Yet, Derf makes it clear through this look back in time. No one knows what others are capable of doing. Is every distant kid going to rage against their sexuality and bleach human skulls? What about the good kids that keep getting lumped in with this garbage? Painting with a broad stroke is never fair. I just wish hindsight didn’t make so much of this tale feel like a painful look back. Still, Ross Lynch is amazing as young Dahmer and he needed some award recognition.
- Slide Show
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1