Friday night, Sharon and I watched The Eyes of Tammy Faye on the AppleTV. We are starting our annual odyssey to watch the potential Oscar candidates. Golddebery.com currently has Jessica Chastain's role in the film listed as second on the Best Actress prediction.
The movie is a 2021 biographical drama film based on the documentary of the same name. It is directed by Michael Showalter. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Fredric Lehne, Louis Cancelmi, Sam Jaeger, Gabriel Olds, Mark Wystrach and Vincent D'Onofrio.
The film depicts the controversial history of televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker (Chastain) and Jim Bakker (Garfield). In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park. Financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their empire.
Several times while we were watching the movie, Sharon said "she going to win the Oscar for this." Jessica Chastain's performance is remarkable. Over the course of the film, Chastin undergoes a remarkable physical transformation. The weakness of the film is how much ground it tries to cover. In two hours, it follows the couple from the time they meet in college, through their rise and then their fall from grace. The script moves very quickly. Nevertheless, it is worth seeing for Chastain's performance.