Director: Marc Meyers
Writer/s: Marc Meyers, John Backderf
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts, Liam Koeth, and more.
Requested Review from Abby McNatt!
Ahhhh, serial killer movies. The people LOVE them! Well I was requested to take on the 2017 serial killer biography on Jeffrey Dahmer, “My Friend Dahmer.” Personally, I do not feel like there is much else to say. What you read is what you get. Time to deep dive into the Oberrating.
“A young Jeffrey Dahmer struggles to belong in high school.”
Well that summary was pretty basic, but that is the boiled down fact of the film. “My Friend Dahmer” is an interesting take on what could be called the coming-of-age movie for Jeffrey Dahmer. The film explores the life of Dahmer as he was growing up before his serial killer days; his family life, his school life, and his personal troubles.
As always, it is interesting to see the whys and hows of what made a serial killer tick. Through “My Friend Dahmer”, we see the sad circumstances that pushed an unstable mind over the top.
I was told ahead of time how well Ross Lynch does as Dahmer, and he sure was great. He was disturbing and uncomfortable to watch. Lynch has not had much of a career beyond Disney besides this film and the Netflix Sabrina series. So I hope to see some more work come from him because this role surely proves his range beyond Disney material.
“My Friend Dahmer” presents a strong performance from Lynch and most of the supporting cast, as well as a convincing story of the pre-serial killer days. However, I feel like the film tries to mash too much together and does not allow much to really stick with the viewers.
For all the serial killer documentary fans out there, this has either been watched by you already, or it has somehow missed your radar. Regardless, this is definitely a film worth your time to see an interesting telling of Jeffrey Dahmer before his killing days. As for it being a quality film as a whole, it surely is lacking, but it was still worth the watch!
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