Michael (1996)

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Tabloid reporters are sent by their editor to investigate after the paper recieves a letter from a woman claiming an angel is living with her.

"Michael" is a 1996 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Nora Ephron and starring John Travolta as the titular character Michael, an archangel living on Earth. The film likewise includes stars Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, and Jean Stapleton. The story revolves around Michael's experiences as a non-traditional angel living amongst humans, assisting them find love and forgiveness.

Plot Overview
In a small town near Iowa, two having a hard time tabloid reporters - Frank Quinlan (William Hurt) and Huey Driscoll (Robert Pastorelli) -are sent to investigative a potentially spectacular story about an angel. Their cynical manager, Vartan Malt (Bob Hoskins), sends them with specific directions to bring back photographic evidence of this angel. Accompanying them is Dorothy Winters (Andie MacDowell), an "angel expert".

Upon reaching the picturesque farmhouse coming from Pansy Milbank (Jean Stapleton), the press reporters encounter Michael (John Travolta), who ends up being an extremely non-traditional archangel. He is a scruffy, obese, chain-smoking, free-spirited womanizer, total with large feathery wings. At first doubtful, the reporters soon verify that Michael is a genuine archangel possessing amazing powers.

The trio of press reporters convinces Pansy to permit them to take Michael back to Chicago, believing that his existence in the city would be a major media event. Along the way, Michael shows his incredible capabilities, such as restoring sight to a blind male and reanimating and healing a deceased dog named Sparky. He also shares his distinct views of life, love, and spirituality with his taking a trip buddies.

Throughout their journey, Michael exposes that he has a mission in the world: to help human beings realize the value of love and to kindle a romance between Frank and Dorothy. He utilizes his divine powers to develop numerous enchanting occurrences, prompting the 2 reporters to end up being romantically involved. Regardless of his relatively carefree and hedonistic behavior, Michael ends up being significantly sullen as the journey advances, knowing that his time in the world is restricted.

Climax and Resolution
As the group lastly reaches Chicago, the antagonistic relationship in between Frank and Vartan reaches its boiling point. Vartan, who has been planning to sell the tabloid to a rich business owner, orders Frank to exploit Michael's story for monetary gain. Michael, overhearing their discussion, loses his faith in humankind and removes his wings, changing into a fully human kind.

Disillusioned and heartbroken, Michael attempts to leave the city. Nevertheless, Frank and Dorothy, having realized the depth of their feelings for each other, track him down. They reveal their appreciation and love for Michael and his efforts to unify them. As the trio shares a sincere goodbye, Michael suddenly disappears.

It is later exposed that Vartan experienced a miraculous transformation too, contributing the profits from selling the tabloid to deserving causes and going back to journalism's ethical roots. The movie concludes with Frank and Dorothy holding each other while Michael's newly-restored wings can be seen fluttering in the sky, representing that he has actually gone back to his celestial duties.

Styles and Reception
"Michael" checks out themes of love, spirituality, and the significance of life, presented through the unconventional viewpoint of an archangel experiencing earthly pleasures and frustrations. The movie uses a light-hearted and comedic technique to going over crucial philosophical questions. Despite combined evaluations from critics, who slammed the film's shallow treatment of potentially extensive styles, "Michael" was a box-office success, with Travolta's captivating and humorous efficiency extensively applauded.

In conclusion, "Michael" is an eccentric and amusing fantasy-comedy that presents a non-traditional view of angels, love, and the human experience. With a strong cast and a witty script, the film stays a heartfelt piece of 90s nostalgia.

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