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The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Review

You Follow Blindly. 3.5 / 5

Directed by Michael Showalter.

In the 1970s and ’80s, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and a theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance, and prosperity.

The slow corrupted transformation that takes place over The Eyes of Tammy Faye is both mesmerising and unsettling as Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield disappear under masks of greed and blinding faith.

This painfully true story of Tammy Faye Bakker is plagued with overwhelming enthusiasm in the face of belief with the characters slowly becoming unrecognisable as the makeup and prosthetics slowly cake their faces.

It covers a lot of ground over its 2-hour runtime but the pacing suffers when it jumps years of significant change which seem to have more to tell than many of the repetitive disagreements the characters have.

Telling a tragic story in such a spectacular way sums up how Tammy and Jim went about their business, putting on a smile while being master manipulators under the veil of good intentions.

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