Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father


The trick of reviewing this documentary is to do it in such a way that makes you interested enough to follow through and watch it, without giving away the direction or subject of the film. In effect the less I can say about it, the better.

Dear Zachary is a documentary by filmmaker Kurt Kuenne about his best friend, who DearZacharyTheatricalPostermet an untimely death. The title is somewhat revealing about the documentary’s direction, but in truth there is so much more to this film  than what is on the cover of the book.

It’s a movie about a man’s life. About struggle. About mental health. About social injustice.  But most certainly the film is more than you would expect from face value alone.

Visually, the film has been edited to brilliant affect. The producer has created a piece that gets you to feel all he right emotions at all the right places, which is complemented by the fitting soundtrack. The music is nothing special, but it fits the style of film quite well; over the top scores don’t usually fit this the standard documentary mold anyway, but there are a few exceptions.

Dear Zachary was rated 94% on the Tomatometer at Rotten Tomatoes and 8.6/10 on IMDB.

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