Michael (1996)

“You gotta learn to laugh, it’s the way to true love. ” – Michael

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Video in the 90’s and 16 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Two tabloid reporters investigate the claim that a real angel is living with an old women.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out on video back in the 90’s and didn’t recall anything about.

In my quest to try and watch more John Travolta films, I decided to give this one another try.

The movie is actually quite mediocre in all that it does which is so frustrating especially given the fact that it has so much more potential.

Travolta is wasted here and his role is quite unbalanced throughout especially wen it gives very mixed signals along the way.

The rest of the cast is also great but Andie McDowell, William Hurt and even Bob Hoskins are wasted here in very undeveloped roles which doesn’t allow them to find a way to rise above this mediocre material and give us something less silly and less boring.

Things move along in some very unexpected ways yet fails to find a way to to make the pay off worthwhile in the end.

Since the characters aren’t developed well enough, it’s quite difficult to care about any of them or about what will happen to them along the way.

The story is somewhat veiled in a mysterious aura throughout and once that aura is lifted, nothing is given a satisfactory explanation which hurts things even more.

Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre film that has so much more potential.  Travolta is wasted in the title role and his story is quite unbalanced throughout the film while giving off very mixed messages throughout. The cast is great but they are all wasted here because they fail to find a way to rise above the silliness and boredom of the premise.  The story moves in some very strange directions without giving us any pay off in the end that was worth waiting for.  None of the characters are developed well enough for the viewer to care what will happen to them.  Too much of the story in veiled in a mysterious haze that isn’t properly explained down the line which hurts things too much.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The bar brawl with Michael fighting with a pool cue and garbage can lid is very similar to many famous Renaissance paintings of Michael fighting Satan. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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