In a world where everyone is connected, there are those few that create a threat. People that may be talking to you online may not be those in real life. Those calling and texting you may also not be those people in real life. In an electronic world anyone can hide. An 8 year old girl can turn out to be someone completely different. Catfish exposes the hidden truth within the electronic world of Facebook.
The Universal Pictures documentary was made by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost in 2007. These guys filmed a story of their friend Nev. This documentary starts as an adorable story. People and stories become lies. As time goes on it turns into creepy and intense journey. “Catfish” shows how Facebook can hide ones true identity.
In the documentary they follow Nev. Nev is a photographer whom had some pictures published in a magazine. Later he received a package from an 8 year old painter named Abby. This movie goes on to show Nev becoming friends with Abby and her family upon the social networking site, Facebook. Later Nev finds himself in an almost internet relationship with Abby’s older sister Meagan. Things become fuzzy and blurry, people true colors start to show, and many questions must be answered.
There was one thing that really struck a chord with me, and that was the special effects, and how it added to the story. One wouldn’t think a low budget documentary would ever be remembered for its special effects. In this movie the creators really used graphics and things from the internet to draw ones attentions to the undercover world of the internet. One thing that was really appealing to the eye was the effect they used while driving to Michigan. On Google Maps you can go on ground level anywhere on the world. While on there, they’re arrows on showing where one should be traveling, if you typed in a travel destination. It can be compared to like 3-D real life video game. During a driving scene on the high way they added that with the Google maps and arrows. I thought it looked incredible and it added to the internet aspect to Catfish.
In all honesty it was an excellent movie, but it was dull. It’s that type of movie I could only watch once. One reason why I thought it was just okay was because it moved so slowly. Many scenes could have been cut and the story would still feel the same. Also I thought this movie was just okay, because of the ending. It ended giving you some important information, but left you with many questions. There were three questions I was left with; how did it all start, how does Vince feel about this, and how the girl whom pictures were stolen by Angela feel. I feel if those three questions were answered in the movie, the movie would have had more depth and likeability by me. In summary the movie had a startling, incredible, and amazing story, but went very slow and left many questions that could have been answered.