Review: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
While attending a religious college, Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain) meets Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) and together they build a televangelist empire.
Truth be told, I knew nothing about the Bakkers prior to watching this movie. I know televangelism is a thing, but it's something I never encountered growing up. Of all the real life figures in this film, I only recognized one name and it was because Jon Stewart dragged him all over The Daily Show back in the day. So because of this, I can't speak to whether or not most of it is accurate, but I can say I was entertained.
The beginning of the film shows a bunch of news clips about the real rise and fall of the Bakkers, which I thought was a weird choice, but I'm assuming the majority of the people watching this would already be familiar with them, and not watching it because it could be an Oscar contender like me. But after that, we jump right into the story and briskly move along.
One of the things I appreciated the most about this was how hard they leaned into camp at times. For two people as fake as the Bakkers, it was a good choice. The film is very light hearted for the most part and doesn't overly sympathize too much.
Chastain and Garfield are wonderful, especially the former. I was worried the makeup would be distracting but I just marveled at it really. It's crazy to think it's Chastain under there. Garfield's aging makeup was really good as well. That's probably spot on with what he'll look like in 40 years.
It follows the basic biopic structure but the ending is so great. I love the shot they decided to go out on.
Memorable Quote: "We can't..." - Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain)