A New York photographer develops a relationship with a young painter on Facebook that isn’t who she seems.
The film Catfish, for those of you that have not seen it yet, is one of the most twisted and unexpected movies I have seen in the past few years. Don’t worry; I’m not going to ruin the ending. However I do advocate that you take the time to witness this incredible, true documentary.
The movie begins with a single photographer in New York named Nev Schulman and two filmmakers, one of which is Nev’s brother, Rel Shulman.
Nev develops a friendship with Abby, an 8-year-old prodigy from Michigan who paints incredibly developed works from photographs that he has taken.
Communicating through Facebook, he develops a relationship with Abby’s mother, Angela, and an even more serious relationship with Abby’s beautiful older sister, Megan.
Over the course of one year, 1,500 texts, numerous emails and phone calls, Nev decides to visit Megan unannounced. This is where the film really puts you to the edge of your seat and practically blows your mind.
It surprised me that a film absent of special effects or professional editing could be so intense and captivating. A trailer for the movie declared Catfish “The best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never directed,” which really gives it something to live up to.
I personally feel that this is an understatement. The realism within this film scares me far more than any bird or psycho film that Hitchcock could come up with.
Many people argue that the film isn’t real or that it’s a “mockumentary,” but after seeing the movie in its entirety, it’s hard to believe someone could make up that heavy of a twist.
This is a film of love and deception that will captivate you until the end, and leave you staring at the screen as the credits roll with your jaw dropped and brain melted.
The last half of the movie is really what makes Catfish so incredible, so if someone tries to ruin the ending for you, cover your ears and scream as you run away from them. Anyone who has seen the film will understand your actions.