I am feeling a whirlwind of emotions right now after viewing the documentary Dear Zachary. Kyle boasted about this film for a while and I am always curious whenever he tells me about a great film I hadn’t heard of. I’m not much for the documentary genre unless it’s a topic I have great interest and passion in so going into this and not knowing what it was about at all, I had no clue what to expect. I am so glad I went in blind because this film was one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen and it’s going to take me a few days to get over just how angry I am. This film hit me hard.
Seeing as how I went into the film blind, I’m going to be extremely vague and kind of avoid any real plot details about the film as it’s the true way to view the film. The film details Kurt Kuenne’s journey to learn everything he can about his childhood best friend, Andrew Bagby who recently passed away in order to have something to give Zachary’s son so he can learn about his father when he grows up. I’m going to keep the rest of the plot secret as I was constantly surprised beyond belief during this film.
The editing in this film is absolutely flawless and constantly kept me sucked into this film. The way the story plays out is so well told that I kept forgetting this was a documentary as it constantly felt like a straight up narrative piece. Each interview revealed more and each shot matched up greatly with what the interviewee was saying on screen. Kurt Kuenne is a talent beyond belief.
The amount of anger, rage, sadness, beauty and happiness that varied throughout the viewing of this film was excruciating as I haven’t that many mood shifts watching a film since maybe Gone Girl back in 2014. This is one of the most interesting and just downright disturbing stories I think I’ve ever seen and the fact it was a true event makes it that much more horrifying.
Dear Zachary is an absolute masterpiece. The editing is flawless, the filmmaker passionate and the story tragic. I hope everyone goes out of their way to view this film as it’s on Netflix right now. But, please avoid reading any plot details or anything regarding the film as it will make it that much more enthralling.
Kyle’s Next Film:
12 Years A Slave (2013)
Since Kyle gave me an emotional film, I thought I’d repay him with one of the most brutal and downright gut wrenching 134 minutes of film he’ll ever see. This is an absolute masterpiece and one of the saddest films I’ve ever seen so you should love it Kyle!