This is a cheat, partly because I am traveling today, but more because I think Tony Ortega has literally said almosgt everything I wanted to say about the second showing of the film at his blog.
He recounts my thoughts after last night as we sat together and I felt able to watch it more objectively than the first time.
The art of this film is how it is woven together into a cohesive picture. The problem with this film from scientology’s perspective is that they will NOT be able to convince people that everyone in it is just lying (audiences will make their own value judgments about the credibility of those who are interviewed) when what they say is confirmed and reinforced by the church’s OWN words, footage and documents.
Miscavige’s Nuremberg rally style events and Shermanspeak will finally get the broad public exposure they so richly deserve. And anyone of sound mind will have a hard time getting the image of a raving, power mad cult leader out of their minds. Same with Tom Cruise and the infamous “IAS Freedom Medal of Valor” footage. So too the footage and words of L. Ron Hubbard. They glaringly confirm the belief that so many of the general public have that there is something wrong in the church of scientology. The interviews give context for, and set up the most damning things of all — the things the church cannot deny because they are THEIR words and images.
The film is still talk of the town. There was a guy outside the theater offering $300 for tickets last night. I doubt he found a taker. There are THAT many people wanting to see this.