Team Foxcatcher (2016)

Team Foxcatcher (2016)

TV-14

netflix

A home video heavy documentary that allots too much runtime on perpetrator John du Pont

7.5

Movie

United States of America
English
Crime, Documentary
2016
JON GREENHALGH
Dan Chaid, Dave Schultz, John E. du Pont
91 min

TLDR

Psychotic old man befriends the police and is permitted to carry guns.

What it's about

Team Foxcatcher sponsor John du Pont inexplicably murders close friend and top olympic wrestler, Dave Schultz.

The take

This documentary prides itself on its rawness from its home video style. It uses a lot of uninterrupted clips that don’t really need to be there, as well as odd choices for symbolic b-roll and mood-setting music in the early going. But at the center of the documentary is John du Pont, an unstable old money mark who wishes to be one of the boys, treating the wrestlers like his family in the absence of his own. The interviews paint a clear picture of him as a delusional, lonely, and dangerous man, and the foreshadowing is insane albeit too slow. While it may be visually all over the place, perhaps the biggest nitpick about it is that, out of respect, it could have allotted more time to Dave Schultz or the aftermath.

What stands out

Dave seems like the loveliest fellow.

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