Andrea’s film review – The Tinder Swindler

The Tinder Swindler ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, he wooed women online then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback. On Netflix.

This is the latest of a long series of true-crimes documentaries that Netflix seems to come up with almost weekly.

Apparently there’s a huge appetite for them ever since The Making of a Murderer, though my ultimate favourite is The Jinx from 2015, which I highly recommend (it can be bought on various streaming platforms like Amazon or iTunes).

But while most of these stories are usually dragged on for far too many episodes, often for no real reason, this one manages to squeeze it all in one single feature length documentary. And while some it is a bit repetitious, it does a great job at keeping the pace up and by the end it actually leaves you wanting to know more.

It is one of those stories which must be seen and heard to be believed and as ever with this type of thing, the least you know about it before you watch, the better.

So I’ll try to be as vague as possible here, though you get enough hints that this story about online dating is not going to turn out well right from the start when a grabby and flashy pre-title sequence sets the tone for dark things to come serving as a warning for the dangers lurking behind Tinder (other dating apps are available).

Cleverly, director Felicity Morris chooses to tell the facts from the point of view of the victims, as opposed to the usual investigators or news reporters, and even though the professionals at some point will come into the story too, she never loses sight of the people who have been hurt and scammed.

This adds an emotional intensity to the story which is the real driving force and the heart of this film.

A fairy tale, almost Disney-like, which will soon turn to a nightmare through a series of twists and turns which are bound to keep you hooked to the end.

Beautifully told and paced, with tasteful reconstructions which don’t draw attention to themselves and are seamlessly integrated with real footage, photos and WhatsApp messages, this is one of those that you won’t be able to forget easily whether you use dating apps or not.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

The Tinder Swindler is available to watch on Netflix.

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