Film Review: My Scientology Movie
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★★★★☆ Making a documentary about the shadowy “religion” of Scientology is always a project with a high chance of failure (at least in the traditional sense of documentary film-making). The Church is notorious for not speaking to journalists, extremely secretive and aggressive in the shutting down of information spread about their beliefs and practices. So from the off the question has to be ‘why would Louis Theroux want to make a doc on these guys?’ There are numerable documentaries, including the recently released Going Clear, already doing this job in many different forms and this is where My Scientology Movie falls down in that it largely adds very little new information Scientology debate, but that would be to judge it harshly. Returning to the hap-hazard, but charming style of his Weird Weekends this isn’t so much a movie about Scientology but more a tale of a man trying to make a documentary about it, and it is in this field that Theroux truly excels, bringing his inquisitive charm to the interrogation of the Church. The filmmakers have also utilised some unique ideas to create a sense of the Church, namely reconstructions of the behaviour of Church leader David Miscavige, which help the film to deal without access to the Church itself, providing a sense of the reality of being on the inside and the (alleged) abuses people are suffering.
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