Glad you got round to your review, I've been looking forward to talking this film.
Firstly, let me start by saying I too, am a huge fan of the PA series. The first totally blew me away. I honestly went to the cinemas with my girlfriend expecting a crappy cheap no brainer horror and by the end of the film I was for the first time in years of watching horror, truly terrified. Same goes for the second one, absolutely loved it and was really impressed with the expanon on the series' mythology!
Secondly, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are in my top 5 all time favourite film directors. Sure their CV isn't that long but I think Catfish is wonderful piece of cinema and deserves all the praise it gets and more. Frankly for me, documentaries do not get any better than this film. The narrative these two guys create in this doco is genius. If you want to see the other guys' stuff, check out their te, see for yourself just how amazing these guys are! - http://gosupermarche.com/
So going into this movie I really had high hopes. Not only another addition to my new favourite horror franchise but directed by idols! Here's my opinion of it after now seeing it twice: the best part about it is the direction. It's made extremely well, the pacing is perfect, the tenon the guys create is wonderful (and that moving fan camera is posbly the best thing I've seen EVER!). What makes this film a huge let down for me is the script.
Sure they have created more questions and expanded the mythology even more but now it just feels convoluted and plot hole ridden. I won't go into why as there are endless reviews on the net at the moment that point them all out but it's extremely frustrating to see just how messy this series has become off one film!
Even the actors (who I agree are brilliant, especially Dennis) don't get much to work with. I actually found the film quite boring and ealy the least scary of the three. Again, I really don't think this is to do with the direction, but more the script.
Overall, I didn't hate the film, but I most definitely didn't love it. If I was to rank them it would go 1, 2 and 3.
Hopefully Joost and Schulman get a much better script next film they work on (no matter what it is, horror or not).