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FEELS GOOD MAN review – The trouble with Pepe the Frog

Title: Feels Good Man
Director: Arthur Jones
Movie length: 1 hours 32 minutes

Pepe the Frog originated in a 2005 comic by Matt Furie called Boy’s Club. But as we all know it spiraled way out of control. The documentary shows the struggle that Matt Furie went through trying to redeem his character because it was meme’d to death, literally. It’s about how after the election his creation became a symbol of hate, bigotry and racism. We go on a journey as we see the trouble he went through and is currently going through. This documentary not only gives you a history and explanation of Pepe the Frog, but it also shows you through Matt’s personal life. What he goes through and what it’s like when someone takes your creation and ruins it, as well as what’s it like being an independent artist.

Feels Good Man is a modern documentary that might upset some people because of the terms that were used in the movie. For example: a person being interviewed might say this is my partner instead of saying this is my wife and that might upset some people. So if being politically correct upsets you, you might not like this movie as much, but I still recommend that you do because it is definitely an interesting documentary.

During a live Q&A in 2021 the first-time filmmakers said that it took the documentary two and a half years to get made with the help of Giorgio Angelini who guided them through the process. The filmmakers also said that because Pepe the Frog has become a symbol that gets away from what it was originally created for, with the distasteful and offensive memes, nobody wanted to fund the movie. That’s why the filmmakers took it upon themselves to make and fund the film, and as a result they are still in the red for it. For a first time filmmaker Arthur Jones did an amazing job, sure the movie dragged and was a bit slow in some areas that made me uninterested but then it picked right back up and I was interested again.

The movie is a rollercoaster, there are highs and lows and definitely a lot of feels. You really feel for the Matt Furie and the other people involved. The movie is a bit slow in the middle but it picks up in the third Act. Unlike the most recent Wonder Woman movie which fall apart in the third act, this movie comes together nicely.

I give this movie a B-plus for Banjo as in Banjo frog.

FEELS GOOD MAN is currently playing on various VOD services including Apple, Microsoft, Google Play, Vudu, and more.

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