A Special News Bulletin: Catfish Drowns!

**What a disappointment! All of the hype and advertisement that this film received was NOTHING compared to how the film actually played out. Here are the trailers!

Trailer#1

Trailer#2

The trailers state the following quotes from reviewers:

“The final forty minutes of the film will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride that you won’t be able to shake for days.” -Chris Bumbray JoBlo.com

“A bizarre and completely unpredictable mystery.” -Indiewire

“A shattering conclusion.” -New York Magazine

“The best Hitchcock film Hitchcock never directed.” -Financial Times

“The less you know about this film, the more you’re going to like it.” -random dude

The authors of those comments should be shot! (Okay, not really!) But if you spend money on the movie, then send them the bill! The less you know about the film, the better off you will be! haha

In light of not adding in any spoilers I must refrain from speaking to the actual plot of the film and how the story plays out, in case you wish to see it yourself or are still intrigued. I will say though, that before you go about starting up a relationship with someone over the internet….use caution. Things may not always be as they appear. (Sometimes they are! *tribute to those who have had success via eharmony and such-like). Facebook, however, may not be the best place to start a relationship.

I can’t even really go into all the details I want to about this documentary-type film without ruining the story. Rest assured though, the trailers….well, they LIE! I was sadly disappointed in this film. Granted, I did get nervous during the middle of the film. It is suspenseful. (for ten minutes tops!) The suspense builds greatly then ends up highly anti-climatic as it fizzles away! It’s bark is truly greater than it’s bite. The movie would have been truer to the trailer if the last forty minutes of the film had been cut out completely. I will give the movie credit for great marketing.

Well, that’s my opinion. If you’ve seen it, what did you think? Do you agree/disagree? Leave a comment. Warning-any comment containing spoilers to the mystery of the film will be edited/deleted. fyi.

I’d like to post a special thanks to my friends Valdeez and Kal-el for being there with me to catch me as my Hype and Expectation Balloon that carried me to this movie popped. Great was my fall as Catfish tried to drown me in sadness from unmet expectations.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

The Sp1der’s Score: Overall: 1 out of 10 stars “Catfish“

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7 comments

  1. The trailers were misleading, I’ll give you that, but I found the “surprise” to be great regardless of its lack of suspense. The film was much more character based, humorous, and genuine than I expected! I liked that I was questioning the film’s authenticity, and I don’t think I would have without the marketing campaign.

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    • Haha. Thanks for the comment. And I wish I hadn’t seen the trailers before watching. But I found that, sad as the characters stories may have been, it still bored after the twist. If I could rewatch it for the first time I may have a different outlook..but I can’t sadly. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the film. Welcome to TheScarletSp1der’s “web”!

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  2. I gotta admit the trailer intrigued me, but glad I waited to hear what others say about this. You’re the second person who hated this movie, so thanks for the warning. I don’t think I want to see this even on a rental… too many other ones I’d rather catch up on. It’s annoying to no end when a movie doesn’t live up to the hype, but those testimonial quotes sound so hyperbolic it should be ground for misleading advertising!

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    • Given a second chance I wouldn’t even RedBox the movie! I was so upset on how it played out. I should have known that too much hype meant that disappointment loomed. What movies did you check out at home this past weekend?

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  3. I agree that the marketing campaign was extremely misleading, and the biggest detriment to the film; however, the movie played out beautifully (even if it was faked). The human element was brought to light amid the glare of today’s technology-infused relationships – I thought it was very thought-provoking and moving. If you can look past the misleading marketing, there is a gem here. But I get that sometimes you can’t – that’s how I was with “The Last Exorcism.” The movie sucked so bad due to disappointed expectations – oh well, ha! Here’s a great review about how, combined, “The Social Network” and “Catfish” make the best movie of the year – very interesting read! http://www.buffalonews.com/entertainment/movies/article205112.ece

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  4. I went and saw the film just now having never seen any trailers or posters for the film. I felt that the film was essentially pointless while watching it. Everyone knows the dangers of online relationships, everyone jokes about dudes posing as girls in chat rooms,etc because its usually true. After the film I had this reaction.

    “That’s it? A…(comment edited–spoiler contained)…up?”

    So, its true and that’s “cool”. But I personally felt let down and that was with no idea what I was walking into. The “twist” was hardly a twist at all, but the most realistic possible outcome that could happen.

    As a documentary its interesting. But as a film receiving a wide theatrical release it does hardly anything to warrant 10 bucks from me.

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    • I was super let down. It is interesting your outlook on the film, especially after not seeing any trailers at all before watching it. I thought that maybe it would be better for one who hadnt seen the trailers, but perhaps not. It bored so much in the second half. Thanks for commenting!!

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