This is a slow burn that assumes you’re somewhat familiar with this case. Most of the stress in “Episode One” worked for this critic because I knew what was coming. If I didn’t, there’s a chance this somber pacing drift into boring territory instead of being quietly terrifying.
Monster rarely shoots for dark humor in its depiction of the man’s heinous acts, which is for the best. But while the subject is treated with the seriousness it deserves, I found myself craving a wider range of tone.
Fantastically entertaining, well acted, and very thought provoking. I especially enjoy how the series shows influences and probable reasons behind Dahmer's actions... he was obviously more complex than just a "psychopath" as some claim. Don't listen to critics review bombing this. Just watch it.
Not for the faint hearted. The subject matter is extremely disturbing, but the filmmakers did a great job with presenting this horrible true story. I actually didn't know previously how badly the police failed, it was really illuminating. The acting all around was incredible as was the cinematography. If you can handle extreme content definitely check it out.
There is almost a conflict between the show’s goals and Peters’: “Dahmer” wants to make him, at times, haunting, a terrifying person whose reason is beyond our understanding, but Peters plays him, very often, as vacant and kind of oafish. This paradox would be compelling, particularly in relation to the way that police basically allowed Dahmer to continue his crimes if the show weren’t so excruciatingly boring.
Dahmer has a habit of announcing what kind of show it wants to be instead of actually being that show. ... I can only hope creators will realize there is a way to tell these kinds of stories with more sensitivity and care rather than mere gestures toward sensitivity and care. In the sixth episode, Dahmer does exactly that, but it doesn’t maintain that approach for the entirety of its season. ... It’s admirable that Dahmer wants to honor the victims’ lives and celebrate who Hughes was as a person. But that effort can’t be a complete success in a show that also insists on literally reducing Hughes to a piece of meat.
The show comes close to earning its wallow when it turns to focus on Glenda and others, when it shakes its head angrily at the disregard of the Milwaukee police. But far too much of the show is spent standing over Dahmer’s shoulder, watching him in action. It becomes hard to see the show as anything more than lascivious.
Despite some strong performances from it's cast, this show is overly long and cant help at times to be too focused on the grotesque nature of his crimes.
Episode 6 (Silenced) is a standout but that is an exception rather than the rule in this series.
Evan Peters is great, BUT this show manipulates and lies about actual historical events in an attempt to make the Dahmer story about 'racism' to fit to modern audiences. It also makes awkward attempts to sexualize Dahmer as this hot, muscular guy with a six pack.
Dahmer tries so hard to push race narratives that it makes every black character one dimensional. If you choose to watch this show, notice how every black character knows what’s going on or knows something is wrong with Dahmer, and it’s trying to find justice, while every white person, cop and law-enforcement is ignoring them, and putting them down because they are black. It happens to *every* black character so much that it is comical, and considering that none of it actually happened, it makes it racist as well. Take the part where the black guy is almost killed by Dahmer and tells the police and the police tell him that Dahmer is just a poor white guy and the black guy is the criminal because he is black. This never happened in the actual story. Why lie about this?
The show tries so hard to make it seem like Jeffrey Dahmer was a racist, but manages to disprove its own narrative in this show. Dahmer was turned ON by Black people and people of color. The atrocities he committed were out of an erotic pleasure, not racist hate. There is a difference.
The neighbour, Glenda also did NOT live next-door but instead in a building nearby. She did not make multiple calls the police who ignored her because she was black and pretended to send police cars over to help her. Why lie, except to race bait?
Jeffrey Dahmer is also made to look ripped, sexy and shows ample scenes of his abs and how fit he is. The show was clearly trying to sexualize a serial killer. How perverted is that? I'm sure the soccer moms who are the main demographic for this show loved this though.
The actor who plays Jeffrey Dahmer was quite good, and I was liking the show until the end where it tried so hard to push this race narrative which was all made up. The show deserves to be review bombed for that utter failure at the end of the show.
My favorite episode would have to be about the deaf guy Tony and Dahmer's 'relationship'. Tony was so likeable and his connection with Dahmer was so real that I was rooting for him to defy history and survive.
Yet again another heavily politized show even though it shouldn't be the case. They twist the history so that the black people knew it was wrong from the beginning and the evil white cops let it slide. At this point it's tiring.