-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Casting JonBenet (2017)

This is the first film of 2017 to be included in my recommendations of movies to watch. With half-way of the year being complete, there are many great films to recommend, from large epics to small independent pictures. However, the one that really caught my attention earlier this year was a documentary about the murder of a beauty pageant, JonBenĂ©t Patricia Ramsey. Directed by Kitty Green, it breaks the conventional documentary formula about a murder mystery. Instead it focuses on actors being auditioned for the roles of the fictional film (which is stylized like a David Fincher's picture). The actors in the process, are interviewed about their opinions about the case, how they feel about certain people and their theories as to what might have occurred. Some might find this unfulfilling as it doesn't offer much answers to the burning questions and others might find it exploitative due to its nature. However, I believe Kitty Green expertly avoids all the minefields to create something that is riveting, compelling and emotional.