The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Blu-ray Review

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Televangelists have (rightfully) gotten a bad rep as of late. Yet, like all things, there is some good within all of the bad. Some people lack the perspective and the insights that come with such awareness. Such is the case with Tammy Faye Bakker, whose life is known primarily on the surface. Michael Showalter’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye attempts to paint a different portrait of what you know. 

As a whole, this film paints a pretty positive portrait of Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain). Then again, it’s easy to admire her when she embeds herself into the old white men’s religious society while preaching kindness to everyone. At the same time, she challenges Christians to follow suit and love those that many would cast aside, like homosexuals and AIDS patients. Luckily, Jessica Chastain completely disappears into the role. She instills her with a deep internal conflict between her profound faith in a religion that teaches women to be quiet and dutiful. Not to mention, the contradiction between her lavish lifestyle and their mission from God.

However, Abe Sylvia‘s script dabbles in these kinds of situations to justify her contradictions. It never does go deeper into any of her struggles. Instead, it focuses too much on the shenanigans of Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield). As a result, The Eyes of Tammy Faye primarily operates as a straightforward, generic biopic that isn’t attempting to go any deeper into the layers of Tammy Faye’s life.

Overall, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a typical biopic that’s engaging because of the performances. Nevertheless, the film shows that there is more to Tammy than her thick mascara and tattoo lipliner. We, as a society, focus too much on the fake exterior and heavy makeup and not enough on who Tammy Faye really was.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Jessica Chastain

Video

The Eyes of Tammy Faye hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The whites are a vibrant white, but there’s a slight bloom in these bright areas. Yet, they truly shine with all of the sparkling dresses that Tammy wears. When it comes to the black levels, they’re deep. Unfortunately, there’s also a slight hint of crush in these shadow areas. The colors in the video presentation are bold. You can especially see this with Tammy Faye’s gaudy costumes towards the latter part of her life. As for the picture clarity, it’s clear, especially in the way you see Tammy Faye’s glamorous life.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain

Audio

The Eyes of Tammy Faye hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. For the most part, much of the audio mix where the surround activity is limited to the atmospheric sounds and Theodore Shapiro’s score. The most noticeable activity is the musical numbers with Tammy in the forefront. At the same time, the banks of telephones ringing and volunteers offer a good amount of immersion too. With Chastain and Garfield assuming regional accents to enhance their performance, clear dialogue is crucial. Thankfully, the dialogue is rendered with superior quality and depth.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain

Special Features

The Eyes of Tammy Faye‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • A Look Inside The Eyes of Tammy Faye
    • Window to the Soul
    • Leap of Faith
    • The Calling
  • Theatrical Trailer
Features Assessment

As you can see above, there aren’t many bonus features here. A Look Inside The Eyes of Tammy Faye is a comprehensive three-part featurette that delves into the many facets of the film’s production. “Window to the Soul” looks at the real-life people in the movie and why it was critical to tell their stories. Next, “Leap of Faith” covers the ensemble cast and what went into their individual performances. Finally, “The Calling” delves into Jessica Chastain’s unrecognizable performance as Tammy Faye. 

Special Features Rating: 1.5/5 atoms


Overall, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an unfocused film that’s saved due to the extraordinary performances by Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield. Both the video and audio presentations are solid, but the bonus features are severely lacking.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is now available in stores on Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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