Jeffrey Dahmer, a well known psychopath, becomes popular, gaining social capital in his high school clique, by mocking a man suffering from cerebral palsy. A sick joke. There's another well known psychopath who became immensely popular after mocking a journalist suffering from the same condition. He now sits in a white house. He can kill millions of people by pressing a red button. Dahmer is America/America is Dahmer
Was expecting a compelling portrayal of Napoleon Dynamite gone wrong but it failed to truly analyse Dahmer's burgeoning sociopathic tendencies. There were certain conflations regarding sexuality which perpetuate stereotypes. A missed cinematic opportunity.
What I don't get is why this film ends up conflating repressed desire, gay desire, with a desire to rape and kill 17 men and boys? Performances are great, direction is neat, but at the end of the day I can't get past wondering what the fuck.
I had more expectations about this one; it did let me down. I wouldn't have stopped the movie in his high school years however it kept me interested and anxious - I could feel there was something really wrong and hauting about Jeff Dahmer. Overall, I wanted to see more of his life; but what Marc Meyers has shown was hella sinister.
Boring, felt very amateurish, performances were not great at all I think probably down to the direction. The plot was really lacking, I was expecting it to take a dark turn as his serial killer tendencies start to emerge, but it did not. It did not go deep into his mind at all. All very surface level and same-y. Lots of empty scenes and empty shots. I nearly fell asleep. (Would have worked as a 30 min short though)
This is may be the only time ever where I wish the director would use the original graphic novel narration because Meyers couldn't quite capture the atmosphere or nail the Dahmer Fan Club. It is a sad story about a horrible person who couldn't get a hold of his sexuality or his psychopathic instincts, but at times the film looks just as numb at its main character drifting through adolescence.
An interesting portrayal a person who clearly is a stranger both to himself and to his peers. Watching him wrestle with his own desires and impulses and how he tries to fit in with his peers by demeaning himself is both sad and haunting. The movie as such leaves a lot of questions and we still wonder who Dahmer really was after the credits roll. But with such a strong central performance the movie works.