Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby
Dr. Scott McClellan: The weather here is terrible…the weather is awful. We have 8 months of winter and 4 months of bad weather.
A documentary that started off being a collection of memories and messages for a young boy, Zachary, the son of a murdered doctor, but ended up being a whole lot more.
This is a tough one to watch, but it’s very well done. You can tell that the director, Kurt Kuenne, put every bit of his heart and soul into this one. He’s not an unbiased observer in this story. He was best friends with Andrew Bagby, the doctor who was murdered by a crazy ex-girlfriend, Shirley.
It’s a complicated story, and Kuenne has no problem showing who the good guys are, Kate and David Bagby, and who the villain is, Shirley. Though, almost as big a villain is the supposed justice system. Shirley is let out of prison and given custody of little Zach over and over again, despite showing clear mental issues and, oh yeah, having murdered somebody! Yeah, it’s frustrating to watch.
I’m not even going to try to go through all the ins and outs of the story, but know this: you will most likely cry quite a bit. You will, however, have some of your faith in humanity restored by the amazing Kate and David. How they can even carry on their lives after all of this is beyond me. But they haven’t just carried on, they’ve become activists to make sure this level of incompetence in the justice systems doesn’t just continue on without attention being brought to it.
I think I’ll leave it at that, as there’s really no way to describe the raw emotion involved in this movie. The frustration, sadness, and hopefulness all rolled into one is borderline exhausting. That aside, it’s a well edited movie that presents the facts in an understandable way while simultaneously giving just about everyone who knew Andrew Bagby a chance to talk about how much he affected their lives.
I loved this movie, but I don’t think I’m going to be watching it again any time soon…if ever.
Apparently, to some people, murdering someone for a specific reason does not convincingly show that you’re a threat to society…’cause, ya know, the person you were mad at is dead now…so nobody else needs to worry about you.
10 – .8 because…I dunno…it’s just so exhaustingly emotional that I don’t really want to see it again = 9.2