Catfish: ”Feels like the most relevant examination of humanity and love in the Internet age…”
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
When a poster for a film includes nothing but its title and the disclaimer “Don’t let anyone tell you what it is,” that film will likely be a headache to review. Though the idea of an audience tabula rasa has become somewhat over-fetishized (especially in the age of constant information/spoiler exchange) Catfish certainly is a film that gains something from a clean viewing. During a post-film Q&A, the filmmakers described their intention to replicate their own bizarre, rabbit hole descending experience and gift it to the world. So, for all those who want exactly that, Catfish is a documentary from directing team Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman which catalogues the surprising occurrences of a certain amount of time in the life of Schulman’s brother Nev. It is an affecting, well shot, and beautifully constructed documentary that expertly examines the human condition. For those who dare to marginally defy the film’s marketing campaign, please continue reading.