The Eyes of Tammy Faye

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

This is in large part to Jessica Chastain’s transformative performance. She entirely disappears into this various personas of Tammy Faye: from her bright-eyed and bushy tailed early days to the eyeshadow and lipstick-caked final years. This is even more surprising after glancing over Chastain’s filmography, which is filled to the brim with badasses, girlbosses, and villainesses. It’s a role that is completely out of what one would assume is her normal wheelhouse. But Chastain’s take on Tammy Faye understands both her inherent nativity and campiness. This lets the occasionally jarring shifts between the script’s comedic and dramatic moments to feel more natural and earned. It seems like a role Chastain, shockingly, was born to play.

- Paul Price

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