I Am Michael (2015)

  I AM MICHAEL isn't a great film, nor is it as emotionally draining as one would think given the subject. Rather, it feels like the movie keeps its audience at arm's length throughout. There's probably a very good movie to be made from the material, but this one is mediocre. Still, Franco and Quinto are great, and while it's dry, it's also always watchable.

Average Rating: 5,8/10
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 27 January 2017 (USA)
Duration: 1h 38min
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Justin Kelly
Writer: Justin Kelly
Stars: James Franco, Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto
    I AM MICHAEL is the incredible true-life story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a high profile gay youth activist who created a national controversy when he claimed to no longer be gay and became a straight Christian pastor. The film follows Michael from his life in San Francisco with his boyfriend Bennett (Quinto), where he pursues political activism, a journalist career at XY Magazine, social awareness, and sexual exploration, to his days of personal self-discovery. After a traumatic scare, Michael is plagued by doubt and paranoia, and begins a religious reawakening. Michael renounces his gay lifestyle, rejects his friends, and endeavors to find his "true self." He explores Buddhism and Mormonism, yet ultimately lands at a Christian Bible school in rural Wyoming where he meets his girlfriend, Rebekah (Roberts), and becomes the pastor of his own church. This powerful new film captures one man's haunting journey through modern concepts of love, denial and redemption.

1 comment:

  1. I was very disappointed in this film. Perhaps that is because before seeing it I watched too many Michael Glatze interviews and read too much of his writing. I just don't buy his story. I'm not saying he is deliberately defrauding people, but he may be deluding himself. And I think that is why viewers feel emotionally detached when watching.Perhaps like me, they cannot suspend disbelief long enough to go with the story.