THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRE REVIEWED
“The Gospel According to Andre” represents a two-fer that I’ve been waiting to see for awhile. Documentary sensation Kate Novack makes her solo documentary directing debut, while we finally get a feature length look at Andre Leon Talley. Talley is a giant of a man who has been a fashion taste maker for over 30 years. Most of the site’s readers won’t know who he is, but I’m always fascinated by striking figures doing things outside of my realm of knowledge.
There is something that bothers me about the documentary and hits hard in the final act. When Talley is watching the results of the 2016 Election, he comments on how the Fashion industry insulted him from time-to-time. Often called Queen Kong and ridiculed by his peers, Talley never quite felt at home with fashion culture. Yet, Andre Leon Talley keeps pushing against what has been done to find new ground. That’s a great sentiment and it’s about the only think you’ll find here.
Much like the recent trend of fashion documentaries, little attention is given to reality. It’s all about personal feeling and how one perceives reality through visual appeal. The Gospel According to Andre works when it makes us fascinated by the sight of this fashion giant. However, it only gives a mere taste of what’s ticking in the man’s head. At worst, it’s an overlong Biography and at best it’s a telling look at the recent trends of the Fashion industry. Still, I enjoyed it.
- 1 hr and 33 mins
- Magnolia Pictures