Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain) was a singer, author, talkshow host and evangelist. When Tammy got together with her husband Jim (Andrew Garfield) and realized they had the same beliefs, they decided to go on the road to share them with others. Over the years, they created the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and a theme park. Tammy and Jim were beloved by many because of their endless messages of support and acceptance. Unfortunately for them, financial issues, rivals and scandals threatened everything that Tammy and Jim worked so hard to create for themselves proving that it is not easy staying on top.
I had only ever heard about the famous Tammy Faye while watching Drag Race so to say that I went into this movie blind would be an understatement. I think this helped enhance my experience though and I was completely intrigued the whole way through.
One of the things I liked the most was how the audience was transported back in time to see how Tammy got her start as an evangelist. This gave me the opportunity to learn about her story right from the beginning and to see how it developed over time. While I cannot say for certain just how close this adaption is, it gave me just the right amount of information I needed to enjoy the movie.
Something that I couldn’t get over at all was the phenomenal performance by Jessica Chastain. I never gravitated to her films in the past, but I think that may change now. She really did take my breath away. I almost didn’t even recognize her half of the time – the transformation that her character went through over time was amazing to see. I also really enjoyed her chemistry with Andrew Garfield. The two were great together on screen.
Despite waffling over whether or not The Eyes of Tammy Faye would really be something for me, I am happy that I went with my gut and saw it. I was enthralled the whole way through and walked out of the cinema feeling satisfied.