Review: Big Fur (Slamdance 2020)

Title: Big Fur
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Director: Dan Wayne
Starring: Ken Walker, Amy Carter, Antonio Alfero
Runtime: 1 hr 16 mins

What It Is: Ken Walker is a world-class, world champion taxidermist. Having done all (or most of it) in his business Ken has one more thing left to do. Basing his design on the single 1967 frame of the creature he is going to build a “life-sized” model of Bigfoot themself. The Canada native will certainly have his hands full. All throughout this, we’ll learn a little bit about Ken Walker the man himself and his family.

What We Think: So this is actually quite boring. Ken Walker isn’t the most interesting central figure I’ve ever watched in a documentary and that honestly lets the entire thing down. I’ve seen docs of all shapes and sizes and this is just one of those times when what’s happening isn’t interesting. I commend the filmmakers for making such an attempt but it just…just didn’t work. It’s odd because Walker’s family is sort of more interesting then he is. Taxidermy though…really just doesn’t interest me and it sort of lost me. I also don’t think it works as a subject because of Bobcat Goldthwait’s American Bigfoot documentary short. It’s much better done and even though this film is only slightly over an hour the shorts time spent feels far more natural to the subject matter.

Our Grade: D+, It just was not for me. I really wanted to like it and typically Slamdance is good for these sorts of things. Sadly this just lost my interest and though I finished it doing so was a rather uninspiring effort. Documentaries rely wholly on two things. Subject and presentation. The subject was bland and the presentation not all that interesting. What you get is a documentary that holds less water then the fictional sasquatch at the center of it all.

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