My Friend Dahmer a serial killer in an adaptation of a graphic novel that also stars Anne Heche (2019)
Given the infamous trajectory of its subjects life it might be no surprise that my friend dahmer is one of the most distrubing coming of age features in memory. But it also exceptionally moving. working from highly regarded source material by derf backderf a cartoonist who knew jeffrey dahmer in high school writer director marc meyers has made a movie that gets under the skin of its troubled ultimately depraved protagonist with an intelligent mix of horror dark wit and profound empathy.
As the future rapist murderer necrophiliac cannibal pop singer and former disney channel star ross lynch breaks out of the teen idol realm and how with a heartbreaking slouch a thousand yard stare an a percolating stew of compulsions beneath the gawky surface. His performance and the movie are far richer and more complex than a making of a monster climical rundown or a simple plea for sympathy. The impact of this sharply written year in the life portrait is truly visceral with daniel katzs widescreen camerawork in some of the actual location from dhamer teen years effectively combining the leafy beauty of northern ohio with the story intensifying undertow of despair and derangement.
The movie is set in 1977-78 dahmer senior year in high school. Its clear eyed view of the period is an unnerving alternative to the warm nostalgia that characterizes many movie depictions of the late 70’s. Without spelling it out meyers and his collaborators tap inot the particular historical vein that found teens caught between the afterglow or fallout of the countercultural movement and the arrival of reagon american.
At home and at school teens of the era were to a significiant degree on their own a reality thats dramatized to haunting effect. Dahmer miswired brain circuitry makes him alone to begin with and on top of that he doing what he can to shut out the everyday domestic horror of his parents disintegrating marriage and his mother mental illness potently externalized in jennifer klide production design for the dahmer home. Joyce dahmer is played to nerve jangling perfection by anne heche while dallas roberts as jeffs chemist father is a mixture of clumsy sincerity and self disappointment. Recognizing something of himsefl in his son social awkwardness he tries to direct him toward team sports and other supposed roads to fitting in.My Friend Dahmer a serial killer in an adaptation of a graphic novel that also stars Anne Heche,