“Dick Johnson Is Dead” – Review

Dick Johnson Is Dead

“As her father nears the end of his life, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson stages his death in inventive and comical ways to help them both face the inevitable.” – Netflix

Dick Johnson Is Dead is a 2020 documentary film directed by Kirsten Johnson. The documentary follows a series of “what if” scenarios about the life of Kirsten’s father, Dick Johnson, and the circumstances surrounding his death. The film is entirely original, showcasing the incredible power of storytelling in its exploration of the fragility of life. Through whimsical recreations, humorous scenes, and thoughtful musings on mortality, Dick Johnson Is Dead succeeds in creating a poignant and surprisingly uplifting story about dementia and death.

The film explores how dementia affects the relationship between a father and daughter, as well as how dementia can force us to confront our mortality. As Johnson’s dementia progresses, so do his “what if” scenarios. He imagines a variety of silly deaths, from getting hit by a bus to being eaten by a giant bear, which the film brings to hilarious life with the help of special effects and Johnson’s daughter, Kirsten. These scenes not only add comic relief but also provide an opportunity for audiences to laugh in the face of death.

Ultimately, Dick Johnson Is Dead is a powerful reminder of the importance of cherishing life and creating meaningful memories while we can. The film succeeds in capturing the nuances of dementia with sensitivity, humor, and grace. It offers viewers a glimpse into a world where dementia can be both devastating and beautiful.

Through its thoughtful reflections on dementia and death, this documentary is an inspirational tribute to Dick Johnson and all those living with dementia. Despite its sadness, Dick Johnson Is Dead will uplift viewers as they reflect on their mortality and how to make the most of life.

(Currently available on Netflix)

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