How do you find a new and interesting way to look at the JonBenet Ramsey case? Last year, it was twenty years since the six-year-old beauty pageant queen was reported kidnapped by her parents, only to be found dead in their basement. The case was notoriously badly handled by police and there is plenty of speculation about what happened. While I remember this all happening and I often have a morbid fascination with these mysterious crimes, I’m not that keen on seeing a documentary about it. However, Casting JonBenet is not your typical documentary. Kitty Green has filmed a group of people auditioning for the roles of the various Ramseys for re-enactments of what happened as well as what might have happened. Many of the auditionees are locals and as part of the audition process, they are interviewed about themselves, their relationships with the Ramseys, and it is utterly fascinating what people say.
This is a fabulous concept and so well executed. An absolute must-see.