If you have not seen Catfish, then you may not want to read this review. Catfish is one of those movies that is better experienced the less you know about it. The marketing for the film uses this and only lets you in on part of the story promising a twist towards the end. Catfish is a documentary about a young photographer who begins a relationship with an entire family over the internet. It is a tale about the modern times in which we live. I thoroughly enjoyed Catfish and I think it is a movie that should spur discussion among anyone living in our day and age.
Catfish is billed as a “riveting story of love, deception, and grace.” Not knowing anything about the movie this tag line intrigued me and led me to see it. The film delivers on what it promises. Without giving too much away it is a story about two young adults who fall in love via the internet. Soon one of them discovers they have been deceived, but they do not know how far the deception goes. Once the level of deception is revealed the story could have easily ended or turned into a story of revenge, but it does not. The victim shows concern for the offender and tries to understand why they did the things they did. As I viewed Catfish I experienced several different emotions as the story was revealed. It first felt like an uplifting story of love and friendship, and then things began to unravel and I felt sorry for the victim and anger towards the offender, but then as the victim got to know the offender I began to feel sorry for the offender.
Although Catfish is not a Christian movie I believe Christians could learn some valuable lessons. As the movie advertises it is a movie about grace. It confronts the question of what should we do when we are wronged. The movie raises questions about social interactions on the internet, but much deeper than that it raises questions about how we interact with human beings in general. The movie is rated PG-13 for a brief scene in which some sexually explicit text messages are read aloud. I would love to hear thoughts from others who have seen this film.