Review: Feels Good Man (Sundance 2020)

Title: Feels Good Man
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Director: Arthur Jones
Starring: Pepe the Frog, Matt Furie, Donald Trump
Runtime: 1 hr 32 mins

What It Is: Artist Matt Furie turned to real-life aspirations for his “Boy’s Club” comic. One of the characters in this was a frog…named Pepe. Through no fault of his own or Furie’s Pepe became far more then he was initially intended to be. From its humble beginnings once Pepe hit the website 4chan his innocence was stolen. He turned into a symbol for the alt-right, neo-nazism, and general hatred. So much so that memes of the harmless frog turn him into a symbol of hate so detested he was placed on a list of “hate symbols”.

What We Think: This is an utterly fascinating story and one that truly defines the term stranger than fiction. Excellent. Not only is it so fascinating to hear from Furie as the innocent amphibian he created turns into the monster of misfits Pepe became. Some of the cast of characters we’re introduced to shed light on so many different flaws in the “alt-right” movement that lead to what happened. There are also some really amazing animated bits in here that I think to capture the imagination of the audience right from the jump.

Our Grade: A-, 2020’s first “feel good” documentary. There’s a hopefulness to the material here. What starts out as a documentary about this thing that is so very unassuming and becomes some sort of sinister specter of online trollery. It takes intelligence to craft a documentary…it takes high intelligence to make something so smart and sharp. It takes a love of the subject to craft a documentary. It takes an understanding of the material to truly make it interesting. I HIGHLY recommend you check this one out if you get the chance to. It’s a fantastic watch indeed.

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