Reviewed by: Dawn Cole
Starring: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell / Director: G. Mac Brown
Why the Low Ratings?
To most Christians the word “angel” evokes images of beauty and holiness, a spiritual being bringing feelings of comfort and love reflected from our heavenly Father. John Travolta portrays Michael, the archangel, as a dirty, hairy, ill-mannered, beer-drinking, smoking sleaze. The story is very slow and dull with few interesting twists in the plot. Swear words, illicit sex, and the chanting of Jesus' name in a sacrilegious way are other areas of concern.
“Michael”, the story, unfolds in Iowa as three tabloid reporters and a dog named Sparkey go to investigate a claim that a woman named Pansy has an angel living with her. Their boss in Chicago wants to make big bucks exploiting this angel.
After meeting Michael the angel, the reporters are intrigued and believe! When Pansy suddenly dies the reporters and Michael strike a deal. If they will show him some tourist sites, he will cooperate with them and go to Chicago for the big write-up in the tabloid papers. This is Michael’s last trip to Earth, and he wants to take in the sights.
Frank and Dorothy, the two unmarried reporters, get interested in each other and end up sleeping together. This seems to be one of Michael’s jobs, to bring these two hard hearted reporters together. (Can you think of any time in Scripture where an angel encouraged sin?)
As the days wear on during their journey to Chicago, Michael seems to be losing his strength and the feathers from his wings. The more feathers he looses, the weaker he gets. He finally dies (angels don’t die) in front of the Sears tower in Chicago. His wings fold over him and he disappears. Frank and Dorothy don’t seem to be sure of their love for each other, and after Michael comes back to Earth (hey, I thought he said that was his last visit!) bringing Dorothy into Frank’s arms, he and Pansy return to heaven, dancing all the way.
Some important observations and comments:
Travolta degrades God’s messengers. His portrayal of Michael could not have been an angel of light, but rather an angel of darkness. Only fallen angels (demons) are so crude and disgusting.
In one scene Huey questions how Michael’s wings are attached. Michael responds, “Why don’t you pull on your pecker and see how it’s attached.”
Women are sexually attracted to Michael and refer to him as having a sweet odor, that gets stronger when he’s in “heat.”
A waitress stays with him in his room all night, implying that she had sex with him.
Michael smokes cigarettes, drinks beer, dances, scratches his groin in front of others, and fights in a barroom brawl. Michael also claims to be the writer of Psalm 85. Need I say more?
Save your money on this one. Avoid it. Please don’t sanction its viewing by your children or teenagers either. Is this the image of an angelic heavenly being which you want to be responsible for implanting in their minds?
I see this movie as just another of Satan’s strategies to make us believe that Heaven and the beings who live there, are not so great. Angels are agents of God’s will, filling heaven with worship and praise! Satan would like us to think of Michael in this way instead of as the enormously powerful archangel that did battle with him and cast him out of Heaven, down to Earth (Revelation 12:7-9). We should respect Angels enough to stay away from this film. Michael is the powerful archangel, given a special place in heaven, living in the presence of God the Father.
Year of Release—1997
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