Michael

Michael

DVD - 1997
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Three tabloid writers are sent to get the scoop when the angel Michael comes to visit.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Burbank : Warner Home Video, 1997.
ISBN: 9780780618060
0780618068
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Micha
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English with English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

I agree with previous comments on how the dance scene in the bar is the highlight of the film. But unlike those commenters, I have a hard time being unbiased when it comes to Nora Ephron. She is one of my favourites. What others may find chronically boring about this film says something different to me. MICHAEL may not be so great, but there's the faintest glimmer of Nora in there, with the commentary on divorce and the glimpses of yellow journalism and the optimistic outlook. Woven deep within MICHAEL, there is Nora. Those are the parts I like. It's a bit ridiculous, but there's heart here and a very unique character in Michael, no doubt. It would be difficult to craft a film like this today. I mean, it's a film about a band of print journalists travelling cross-country to investigate a claim that there's an angel in the Midwest. To be honest, it would be tricky for any of Nora's work to break through today. In a society that runs so dark, there's just no room for the kind of sentimental tone that runs a hot streak through her filmography. But we can always return to it and enter a small dose into our life. I think mostly that's what MICHAEL is about: seizing the moment and living for the everyday beauty that we can only behold if we open our eyes. That big ball of twine or the world's largest frying pan are works of art to the right set of eyes. And the right set of eyes is all you need to see beauty everywhere. When you're free of that jaded mindset, small miracles can happen. It's a nice thought wrapped in a mediocre film. But, oh, that dance scene -- I could watch that about a million times. For a mild bit of disposable feel-good entertainment, I recommend MICHAEL.

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chriscoleman
Jan 06, 2017

Michael is an archangel who is on his 26th and last visit to Earth. (Except he shows up again at the very end, big plothole.) So he arrives at an Iowa bed and breakfast and begins his visit. He's fat, slovenly, and eats like a pig, but he has a charisma that no one can deny. Three reporters descend on the farm and decide to take Michael to a station where they can interview him and prove he's a real angel. It's the road trip that's the meat of the film and it's really booooring. This shows its age. The best scene, and about the only one worth watching, is the bar dance with Michael surrounded by women. The rest is pretty dumb.

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