Review in Brief: My Scientology Movie (2016)

I’m not the least bit surprised Louis Theroux chose this topic for his first documentary feature. Nobody combines disarming politeness, stillness and causing mild annoyance in his subjects as interview techniques quite like Theroux. The film spotlights what is widely known about Scientology, but also highlights lesser-known and more sinister aspects of the faith: deliberately fostering high-profile celebrity members, paying to advance up the ranks and the aggressive hostility shown towards anyone asking…well, anything. Theroux might undersell the subject matter through self-aware B-Roll and reconstruction (though the latter was unavoidable) but MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE remains funny and disturbing, but never more enrapturing or entertaining than when Theroux holds his ground and you find two parties unwilling to talk to each other but quite willing to film each other in order to s how the footage that those on their side. It’s eye-opening, entertaining and chilling stuff. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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