Sundance Film Review: I Am Michael

Posted January 26, 2015 in
I Am Michael
I Am Michael – Justin Kelly – Photo: Cara Howe

I Am Michael
Sundance Film Festival
Directors: Justin Kelly

Audiences are first introduced to Michael Glatze (James Franco) as he chastises a young gay teenager and declares moral individuals choose heterosexuality and God. However, this was not always the case with Mr. Glatze. Rewind the story a decade and we find Michael living happily in San Francisco with his partner Bennett (Zachary Quinto) as he works as the Managing Editor of XY Magazine, a popular gay lifestyle publication. Glatze encouraged gay communities to identify with their sexuality, but after a medical scare revolving around his potential heart condition, Glatze begins his journey exploring Christianity and abandoning his former beliefs and lifestyle. Franco beautifully portrays an obviously confused individual questioning his own mortality and willing to risk everything he’s built his life around. Quinto offers the supporting shoulder as he is forced to move forward into an uncertain future with the love of his life. Director Justin Kelly effectively leads audiences though the life of a confused individual who abandons one life for another while outsiders both ridicule and praise his challenging choice. -Jimmy Martin


Screening Times:

Time: Thursday, Jan. 29 @ 6:30 p.m. Venue: Eccles Theatre, Park City

Time: Friday, Jan. 30 @ 9 a.m. Venue: Eccles Theatre, Park City

Time: Friday, Jan. 30 @ 6 p.m. Venue: Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room, Sundance

Time: Saturday, Jan. 31 @ 9:30 p.m. Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City