John Travolta was excellent as "Michael" in the movie by the same name. I don't think a better portrayal could have been done. The movie was funny, yet touching. Michael is a very "human angel" If their is such . Andie MacDowell is superb in her role as a reporter, as she goes from disbelief to belief. Bill Hurt and Robert Pastorelli are great as fellow reporters, each bent on proving the hoax of the angel on earth. Each of the supporting cast is wonderful, especially the older woman I do not know her screen name , who plays Michael's mother! One of the cutest <more>
movies I have seen in years... I could watch this movie dozens of times!
It's a movie with a theatrical message blended with some clever moments. Films like these are the stretching grounds of great actors, they enjoy tossing the ball in open pieces like these. The Angel that wasn't what we see in old books and churches is quite a nice change. It is echoed in Kevin Smith's piece, Dogma, almost in the same slapstick vein.- 0 Watch this film for a good day after you suck it all in. Could it be that so many films are trying to be complicated that we forget the simple movements of films like this? Possibly one of the most fun pieces I have seen in a <more>
while, I ran into this one on VHS in a trash can because someone's basement was flooded this summer, and I grabbed a handful of tapes.Whether in a trash bin, or on the silver screen, mild comedies like this are fun, you just don't have to tell everyone at a hip nightclub that you like it, or a swank political party. Just keep it for yourself, and I'll bet plenty of people will borrow it from time to time.
honestly, i loved Michael. although there were "give me a pillow i need to take a nap" parts, it was cool. i think everyone did a great job in this film. and nora ephron is in my "ok" list of directors.it's nice to see John Travolta as a pot-bellied angel. it's not very often i see one in a movie. some people might call this a boring movie, but for me i loved it. angels and all.
misunderstood, delightful film (by juliechristine712)
I remember when this film came out, the reviews were marginal. But after seeing it, I think this is one of the most original, well-rounded movies I have seen. I think Nora Ephron and the cast deserve a lot more credit. Yes- he's an angel, and on the surface- the plot will sound corny, as some have mentioned. But once yousee it- you realize the real depth of the movie is their entire journey in the car together and how they learn to experience joy. Ephron captures the 'slice of Americana' hilariously- as they make stops at the world's largest ball of yarn and non-stick frying <more>
pan. The best scenes of all are of John Travolta in the backseat of the car- laughing and truly enjoying himself. He is fantastic in this- when he waltzes to the 'sound of the Earth' and his dance scene at Joe's diner. William Hurt and Robert Pastorelli are also very funny and natural together - evenbefore they meet Michael. Bob Hoskins adds a wonderful comedic element asMalt- their boss at the tabloid. The soundtrack is also well chosen. If you haven't seen it- give it a chance. It's not your typical 'man sees the light' story.
A very delightful, out of character performance by Travolta. (by RickofL)
An off beat but very delightful performance by John Travolta sets off this very funny comedy. His interpretation of the archangel is as a scuffy, womanizing, overweight, ladies man. And, he certainly has a mesmerizing effect on the women he encounters on his trip to Chicago. John Hurt is very low keyed in his role as chief reporter for Chicago Tabloid owner, Bob Hoskins. Angie MacDowell plays role much as she did her role in "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Maureen Stapleton is neat in a cameo. Her comment, "Michael doesn't suffer fools," is just one of many memorable <more>
moments. Bob Hoskins is the only one of the lead performers who fails to connect, a little to off the wall. Mainly you're there to see Michael take on a bull, mesmerize the waitresses and lady dancers at a western style restaurant, and fully demonstrate that he is complete free soul. It is a memorable comedy that is worth more than one viewing.
"Michael" testifies to the JOY of living itself (by Wuchakk)
Michael, excellently portrayed by John Travolta, is an unorthodox Archangel enjoying his last mission vacation? to Earth. A supermarket tabloid from Chicago sends a team to Iowa to get a story and pictures; after discovering that he's a real angel they naturally want to bring him back to the big city.What works best is that the story is essentially a fun-spirited road movie. William Hurt, Andie MacDowell and Robert Pastorelli have an exceptional time meeting Michael and trying to escort him back to Chicago. Michael acts like a tourist having the time of his life, humorously wanting to <more>
see those silly little 'attractions' dispersed across the countryside e.g. "the world's biggest non-stick frying pan," etc. -- you know, the ones most of us adults roll our eyes at.Lots of fun things and miracles take place along the way. What struck me the most about Michael the angel is that he has a true spirit of JOY. The simple joy-of-living-itself is all over him; and this has a phenomenal impact on the people around him. It's something most of us could learn from Michael.The film has loads of laughs and, surprisingly, even some profundities.The film runs 105 minutes and was shot in Texas, Iowa and Chicago.GRADE: A
Just Loving Travolta in this Movie... (by ijonesiii)
1996's MICHAEL is warm and winning comedy-fantasy that features one of my favorite performances from the John Travolta library. Travolta gives one of his breeziest and most likable performances as Michael, an archangel whose quiet existence at the home of a lonely innkeeper named Pansy Jean Stapleton is disrupted when Pansy reports Michael's presence in her home to a "National Enquirer"-like newspaper and the editor Bob Hoskins sends reporters William Hurt, Andie McDowell, Robert Pastorelli to the motel to check it out. Hurt, McDowell, and Pastorelli are quite good as <more>
the jaded news staffers who have a hard time accepting they've met an angel but this is Travolta's show and he rules as the pot-bellied, sugar-eating, cookie-smelling, pie-loving, Aretha-loving, bull-chasing Michael, an angel who just isn't what you think you of when you think of angels. And you have to love the scene in the bar when he and the ladies dance to "Chain of Fools". I love this movie more and more every time I watch it and it's mainly because of the completely winning performance from John Travolta.
charming, quirky, offbeat, light, fun ... do not take too seriously (by john-herbert22)
Possibly the best John Travolta role ever. Saturday Night Fever was a great movie & role, but a LONG time ago. I can't think of many of his movies or roles I've even liked, and it's easy to think of rotten ones. He can do meanies like in Pulp Fiction, but he makes the perfect funky angel, and it's hard to imagine anyone doing a better equally slobby job with it. Plot summaries are available everywhere, but the plot isn't the point. Just go for the ride and enjoy the cleverness of the little funnies along the way. There is nothing to dislike about this movie, unless <more>
one is searching for something profound. I wish there were more movies like this. We need a break from deep or awesome or grisly or complex or hysterical.
Funny and heartwarming little movie (by sirlovealot)
I really enjoyed this movie for what it is: A funny little film that doesn't take itself too seriously. Plot summaries are available everywhere so I won't go into details. Michael isn't about a complex plot anyway. It just builds on a great premise and takes the viewer on a wonderful road trip.John Travolta's performance as a chain-smoking, lady-loving, bar-brawling, pie-eating angel is just perfect. And who doesn't love Sparky?Watch this if you want to have a few laughs and a overall good time. Highly recommended.