Zachary Quinto

James Franco fascinates as he morphs from gay to straight in drama 'I Am Michael'

James Franco fascinates as he morphs from gay to straight in drama 'I Am Michael'

To watch James Franco go from radiant, intellectually curious gay activist to brooding anti-homosexual Christian in “I Am Michael” is a physical, facial and interior transformation worth your ticket/streaming price alone.

It’s fascinating, like a winged creature of color and movement trying a reverse metamorphosis, back into a shell represented by conservatively cut hair, crisp dress shirts and stony eyes. It’s a different identity, that’s for sure. But is this person really the “true self” his character claims to care so much about finding?

Director Justin Kelly’s first feature — although the second to get released (his sophomore movie “King Cobra,” also starring Franco,...

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