Movie Review: Dear Zachary

I haven’t done a movie review, but this movie was so powerful and well-done that I had to review it.  I literally cried during this and I hardly ever cry at movies.
The movie starts off by introducing us to Andrew.  Andrew is the victim of a murder and the filmmaker was his best friend.  Thus, the filmmaker (Kurt) goes through his old memories and interviews old friends to make a documentary about Andrew.  Kurt does such a wonderful job of introducing Andrew that you feel like you already know Andrew.  Andrew’s killer was his girlfriend.  However, she skipped to Canada.

In order for her to get extradicted and come back to the United States, Andrew’s parents literally move to Canada to fight for justice.  However, there’s another wrinkle to the story: the girlfriend is pregnant and Andrew was the father.  Now with the baby involved, the film changes from a documentary about Andrew to a documentary for Zachary, Andrew’s son.  Thus, we literally know Zachary through his birth and upbringing.  Andrew’s parents now become grandparents and they want to visit Zachary all the time.  Of course, the girlfriend says no because they don’t have custody.  Eventually, there comes a point where the girlfriend is off on bail and thus the grandparents and the girlfriend both share Zachary.

Just imagine that!  You are sharing your grandchild with the killer of your child.  What comes after that is truely amazing and shocking.

The documentary comes to head when the grandparents are still fighting for justice and they want to change the legal system in Canada about setting bail for murderers.  Their anger is so visceral that you feel the anger along with them, joy when they do, and always crying when they do.  Your heart seriously goes out to them.  You leave away thinking the same thing that the grandfather does about the girlfriend, “That woman is a fucking bitch!”

Even though the movie was about Andrew and Zachary, it’s more than that.  It involves the viewer because now you’re involved and you feel like you are a friend with the grandparents.  This movie is probably one of the best I’ve seen in 2009.  Seriously, you have to check it out.

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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2 Responses to Movie Review: Dear Zachary

  1. Michelle says:

    Do you still have the movie? I’d like to borrow it.

  2. shaunmiller says:

    Unfortunately I don’t. Sorry.

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