Thursday, July 9, 2015

LGBT Movie Review: I Am Divine


Packed with great interviews and clips, this dynamic, fun and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters s favored muse Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar. Interviews with John Waters, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunters, Mink Stole and more! BONUS FEATURES- Commentary with Director/Producer Jeffrey Schwarz, Producer Lotti Phariss Knowles and Mink Stole, 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer.

My Review:

I Am Divine is truly a pleasure. It's so loving and endearing, to go back in a time when only one queen was America's first, original drag superstar, and that was the big and beautiful Divine. Divine was more than a drag queen, and more than a character. Behind Divine, there was a warm, professional, sweet man, and this documentary gives us that glimpse of the man, as well as the woman that would become him. What makes this documentary oh so relatable is how honest and real it is, giving us an all-or-nothing look into the chubby kid that was bullied and misunderstood who would one day take over the underground drag world by storm. The documentary also lovingly explores the vernacular drag ball scene, the late-1960's drug scene, The Cockettes, and all the artists, actors, writers, fellow queens, transvestites, lesbians, and gay men who embodied that free-spirited era. Even when the documentary ventures into the dark side of Divine's fame, it's still oh so loving, warm, and honest. Even in Divine's flaws, we love him, and forgive him. Divine was one of those rare unique performers that was applauded for being so daring in an anarchistic way, but then at the same time, nobody was more human than Divine, even in his eccentricities, vulnerability, and bizarre persona. If you love Divine, you'll be in love with her even more after watching this documentary.


  1. Really liked Divine's talent a lot. Little known fact, or maybe you do know. Before her death, Divine had been contracted to play Peg Bundy's mother on "Married With Children." I would have loved to have seen that!

    1. The documentary mentions that, with a few behind the scenes of what could have been. So sad. It really would have been something to see!