the so-called documentarians are essentially bored millennial douchebags and if you look at it that way, catfish is cruel to angela. OTOH i have to give it points for using different types of media to make the story more sensational and provocative than what it really is, a tabloid spectacle.
It's hard for me to call this a 4/5, but a 3/5 seems too harsh for my enjoyment. If you don't think this movie happened, that's fine. If you do think it happened, that's fine too. I don't know for a fact either way, but whether or not the movie fictional doesn't really matter to me; it WAS both well made and an enjoyable experience. (Also, I'd recommend not looking anything up about it.)
My main concern with the film is its misleading trailer. I really didn't have any knowledge about the film other than the trailer, so I didn't know what to expect. It had a really effective build-up leading up to the final act of the film. The twist was a bit of a disappointment, but that's what I get for going into a film with expectations. It's still a very entertaining film to watch & the TV show is good as well.
I like it. Wether this film is a real documentary or not, it shows a lot of compassion and tenderness towards Angela, which is nice to see. It is also a good representation of today relationships, where people fall in love first with online representations instead of the real person.
I wish it was authentic, I feel duped. I would rather deal in absolute truth or complete fiction it was an intriguing premise and it presents quite a human story, which teeters upon moving. I think it may be a tad too long but I guess my true beef is with the tv series it spawned rather than this film.