Did the Natalee Holloway Movie Help the Boycott of Aruba?
The Natalee Holloway movie was the highest rated movie in Lifetime's history. Since it was broadcast on the "Lifetime Movie Network" only, the Lifetime website has placed the entire movie on this link:
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Overall, I think that the Natalee Holloway movie was well done. Tracy Pollan played a very good Beth Holloway in her dire moments of sadness; however, Pollan could have played up the raging anger Beth suffered by the blatant police cover up and the government's plan to protect Joran and the Van der Sloot family.
I enjoyed the beginning sequence during the infamous secret recorded car conversation between Joran and Patrick van der Eem. It was a great use of foreshadowing of what was to unfold.
After Beth and Jug landed in Aruba and found Joran's house and his father, what happened to the running back and forth between casinos in order to buy Joran time to get back to his house?
Why wasn't Joran nervous, disheveled and sweaty when he pulled up to the house during the initial confrontation like Beth described in her book?
Why did he not act defensive while pounding his chest screaming, "What do you want me to do about it?!"
And what about Paulus Van der Sloot?
No mention of his arrest, his "pool side chat" with the boys telling them "no body, no case", his "sweaty" meeting with Beth during the first week, his lawsuits against the police for arresting him, his "best friend" in the police department, and the obvious lies used to cover up where Joran was that night and the next morning.
The actor who played Joran didn't come through as evil as Joran really is. All the features of his psychological demeanor were left out of Joran's character. Instead the actor portrayed Joran as this charming spoiled brat like someone out of "Gossip Girl", who has a habit for preying and drugging girls. But oops..."after like 20 times" of doing this (Joran's exact admission on TV), "something bad happened", and he just got scared and lied.
Joran's character did not display the diabolical, sociopathic, and pathological liar that he is in real life. The only time he appeared cold and sinister were in the secretly recorded car scenes.
I was also disappointed in the complete absence of the "catch and release" of the other characters such as Steve Croes, Geoffrey Van Comvoirt, Guido Wever, and Lorenzo Zedan-Arambatzis. These omitted facts add to the pain that Beth and Dave had to endure while trying to find the truth of what happened to Natalee and that could have helped the strength of the film.
However, I do think the movie's perception of how Beth was treated by an angry Aruban mob with signs saying "Get Out", while screaming "Go Home!" was great. This, coupled with the police's lack of investigation has done and will continue to do harm to Aruba's already bad reputation and tourism crisis.
With that said, I think this movie did everything possible to shed light on this case while destroying Aruba at the same time.
Intentional or not? We'll never know!
But who's complaining?
One thing that I found somewhat creepy was the first time that the Mountain Brook kids went to Carlos-n-Charlies, a "man" was bumping into the girls and Natalee's stepbrother stepped in to push him away. In real life it is purported to have been Geoffrey van Comvoirt.
However, if you have a copy of the movie, watch this "man" because he looks exactly like Paulus Van der Sloot.