My Friend Dahmer

A dramatised biopic of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s teenage years. I’d say it’s probably best to come to this movie with no idea about who Jeffrey Dahmer is, and just see it as a character study of a disturbed young man missing opportunities to reach out for help. Otherwise, it is a bit unsettling watching such a sympathetic portrayal of a man who committed some of the most horrendous murders.

What’s good about the movie is it doesn’t really mention the murders until the end, on a black screen right before the credits, and then with no details about nature of the deaths. What I could have done without is the jaunty soft rock play-out music still going over the information.

By not really referencing the murders, the film can simply be a drama about teenage alienation, and the lack of communication and emotional support within male teenage friendships.