Directed by Michael Showalter
Starring Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Sam Jaeger
I wanted to see this movie because of Andrew and because I knew a little about Jim and Tammy and thought it was an interesting story. As a Christian, it is maddening to see how some people used the gospel for their purpose and use the goodwill of people to get rich. I won’t say all but sadly most of them. This film takes a look at such a case in Jim Baker and finds he is still on television doing the same. The film has earned nominations for Chastain’s performance as Tammy Faye.
The film takes a look at the rise and fall of Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye. I think is more about Tammy and we see how she was treated as a child by her mother to how she met Jim at Bible college.
I think the movie will divide opinions in terms of the portrayal of Tammy because she is shown as not knowing about Bakker and what he was doing. I won’t get into the debate about televangelists, I want to stay focused on the film. I thought it was a good film. I wish I could say it was an exaggerated portrayal of these people but it was not. It is a biography film, so the film is about showing the audience their story.
Andrew Garfield gave a great performance. This year he is being recognized for his work on Tick tick Boom, but his work on this film is just as deserving. Jessica Chastain was also great in her performance and is their performance the main attraction for the film. Jessica was unrecognizable in the role. The supporting cast was also great.
For any fan of biographical films, I think they will end jol this one.