I could detail this heart-wrenching and tragic story, but it is better to see Dear Zachary without knowing too much about what happens beforehand. What I will say is that it is an emotional rollercoaster that will leave a lasting impression on your soul. It covers the themes of family, friendship, loss and perseverance through even the toughest situations life has to offer. Your heart will go out to these people, and you will be amazed by the impact that one man can have on the world.
The events of the film are baffling in and of themselves, but one of the things that makes the film so powerful is director Kurt Kuenne’s personal relationship to the situations that unfold. As viewers we get to know the people in this film incredibly well, because the director obviously knows them so well himself. It does get on it’s high horse a bit near the end, but by that point you’re so wrapped up in everything it gets away with it.
You will be left angry and hurt as the credits roll. I would worry about anyone who wasn’t moved by this film, and yet it’s worth it. Everyone should know this story. It reminds us to appreciate life and to just generally be better people. Just make sure you’ve got some tissues handy.
Dear Zachary is currently available on Netflix streaming