March 23, 2023
Monster the Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Monster the Jeffrey Dahmer Story: It takes six episodes for “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” (indeed, that is for sure the show’s complete name) to grow past the extent of either the serial killer or Evan Peters’ depiction of him genuinely.

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‘In that episode, “Silenced,” directed by Paris Barclay and written by Janet False and David McMillan, the narrative of Dahmer victim Tony Anthony Hughes comes to the very front. Tony (played with the warm appeal by “Deaf U” alum Rodney Burford) was a gregarious hopeful model with a big heart. He was Deaf, Dark, gay, and a great dancer.

His friends and mom (a moving Karen Malina White) definitely cherished him. With each second Burford will give Tony new life, the unavoidable finish of “Silenced” turns into all the really frightening, and the police’s inaction to find reality all the seriously angering.

However, as the show’s outlandish labyrinth of a title recommends, this episode is an exemption instead of the standard. In any case, Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s new Netflix series is a bleak, sepia-conditioned trudge that seldom legitimizes its own reality.

On the outer layer of it, Murphy enrolling his go-to entertainer Peters to depict perhaps of the most notorious serial killers isn’t by any stretch of the imagination a shock. Close by long-lasting collaborator Ian Brennan, “Monster” offers Murphy the chance to consolidate components of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (also about a gay predator chasing loneliness with violence) and “Ratched” (the frightful “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Home” prequel series that gave a history to a notorious villain).

Peters, influencing an unnervingly level Wisconsin emphasis, will give one more irritating execution. However, two years after the venture was first declared, the amazement drop rollout of “Monster” is… muted, most definitely. No episodes were accessible to screen before the debut; no stars were available to talk with, from Peters to Niecy Nash to Molly Ringwald.

There was no debut, no party, no pomp nor any situation. Not even the going with “Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes” — the “Discussions With a Killer” the development to Netflix’s past Ted Bundy series — dropped close by “Monster” as could have whenever been normal. As Murphy’s gigantic Netflix deal looks set to blur into the ether, in this way, as well, do his last activities for the decoration.

On the other hand: even focused on all the considerations on the planet, “Monster” could never have acquired the publicity. Like “Versace,” it starts towards the finish of the story prior to rewinding to show how “Jeff” became, in scattershot flashbacks. Murphy and Brennan’s contents hammer home the show’s clearest subjects with such dull power it’s a marvel a few scenes moved beyond the main draft stage. Jeff’s folks (Richard Jenkins and Penelope Ann Mill operator, giving a valiant effort) fight in weeping clichés.

Jeff coaxes his casualties in each episode with steady supplications for them not to leave since he’s “burnt out on everybody leaving me.” (Abandonment issues, get it?) as a matter of fact, given the historical backdrop of Murphy’s oeuvre, the most astounding component of “Monster” maybe its general restriction with regards to the gut. The details of Dahmer’s crimes are largely left up to the imagination, or else the creeping score does all it can to build adequate suspense.

While knowing (or at least hoping) that Murphy and Brennan aren’t trying to engender sympathy for Dahmer, it’s egregious nonetheless that so much of this show is devoted to watching Peters’ Dahmer self-flagellate for being “weird” as if reenacting the serial killer version of Jughead’s now infamous “Riverdale” speech. (Dahmer: “I’m not a normal guy; I’m weird; I don’t fit in”; Jughead: “I’m weird; I’m a weirdo; I don’t fit in.”) Then, after spending six episodes (of 10) detailing Dahmer’s psychological profile and murders, the back half of the series turns to the aftermath of his arrest and the righteous fury the sheer horror of his transgressions inspired.

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This includes many attempts at underlining exactly how Dahmer could get away with so many astonishing crimes while the marginalized communities he trafficked in — particularly queer, Black spaces — protested the obvious unease surrounding him. If there was a story worth telling here — and that’s a big if, given the onslaught of true crime overwhelming television these days — it was this. And yet, despite the detour of “Silenced,” these crucial moments are largely rendered in two-dimensional platitudes that rarely go as deep as the subject requires.

Not even the formidable Nash, so good as Dahmer’s suspicious neighbor, can do much to change that. For as much as “Monster” makes moves to decenter him in its final episodes, it’s still “The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” after all.  

If you want to see Peters fight internalized homophobia by fondling a mannequin, masturbating to memories of gutted animals, or solemnly fry up a human kidney, I guess this show is here for you. Beyond that, though, it simply can’t rise to its own ambition of explaining both the man and the societal inequities his crimes exploited without becoming exploitative in and of itself. The story of Jeffrey Dahmer has been told over, and over, and over again. This version, despite its prestige trappings, has little else to add.

“Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” is now available to stream on Netflix.

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