Now I’m totally starting up a relationship with somebody I met on Facebook.
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman document the strange series of events that unfolds when a gifted 8-year-old artist named Abby contacts Nev, a 24-year-old photographer (and Schulman’s brother), through Facebook. After Abby sends Nev a remarkable painting based on one of his photos, Nev begins corresponding with her family — including her seductive 19-year-old sister. Realizing that something’s not quite right, Nev sets out to uncover the truth.
This film has been questioned by viewers all over the world, to whether or not this is actually real. For me, I think this is real, even though everything plays out so smoothly in a way. I can’t really talk about everything that happens in this film, because I don’t really want to give anything away, but there are moments where you wonder if it’s real, and if it’s fake, and you sort of have to make that assumption up on your own.
My favorite thing about this film is that it perfectly captures the world we live in, in the 21st century now. Our lives are controlled by Facebook, and it’s almost to the point of where we don’t know what’s real, or what’s fantasy. So instead of questioning, we go along with it all, and get crazy answers.
You may not think it now, but this film will have you on the edge of your seat sometimes, the only problem is that everything that happens, you still don’t know whether it’s a joke or not. That was my one main problem as to whether or not it was real, because every time I thought this was too good to be true, I felt like it was and they were fooling me. However, this guy Nev does seem pretty legit, and genuine, and the actions he does make you think what would you do in this situation, so he sort of makes it all seem real. And it also helps that the dude is pretty likable, and you kind of root him on as long as this film does go on.
Consensus: Catfish may have you question what’s real, and what’s not, but it’s a great film about the world we live in, and could also be used as a perfect companion piece to The Social Network.