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[Tribeca ’21] ‘The Last Meal’ review: Discussing the final meals of death row inmates

Texas executes the most and feeds the least.

The Last Meal is a short documentary screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film chronicles the final meals of some of history’s most notorious criminals. It seems like a macabre subject – partly because it is. Directors Daniel Principe and Marcus McKenzie try to bring more to it than just a chronicle of strange meals, but it will satisfy little more than morbid curiosity. 

The film spends the first five and a half minutes listing off the final meal requests of some of the most infamous killers of all time. This includes John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy. What starts off as mildly interesting quickly becomes tedious. 

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Things seem to change at this point. It appears like The Last Meal is going to give more insight into the topic. There is talk about how not every prisoner gets their request (like the one who ask for dirt) and how many are not even able to eat their meals. There are also quotes provided throughout the short. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, things always return to listing off entrees. This probably should not be as frustrating since the documentary is literally titled The Last Meal. It is just disappointing there is so little in between.

The Tribeca Film Festival takes place from June 9 – June 20

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