DIGITAL REVIEW: Tammy Faye sometimes falters, but benefits from Oscar-worthy Chastain turn

This larger-than-life film about the documentary following the rise, fall and eventual redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Baker has one thing going for it – It is never, not for one second, boring.

The characters come to absolute life, the comedic moments sing, and the dramatic dial is turned up to 12.

But the only real problem is the film sometimes has trouble deciding when to make you smile and when to make you cry. The tonal shifts can be too great.

This film about morality, religion and the tumultuous relationship between Tammy Faye and husband Jim shows the difficult sides of religion, evangelism, and two people who used to church to their own ends to create personal wealth.

Director Michael Showalter creates a film bursting with energy and intrigue, but he doesn’t capitalize as well as he did with The Big Sick. It’s interesting but never entirely evocative or memorable.

What is memorable, however, is the title performance from Jessica Chastain, who should be nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Tammy Faye. She exudes so many emotions and lays it all out onscreen.

While film husband Andrew Garfield is fantastic, he just can’t match her level of performance, though they both are big reasons to watch this one.

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye is glitz, glamour and a whole lot of good, but one sort of wishes it could have reached the great levels all involved are capable of.

3.5/5 Stars

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