Run Time: 70 minutesThe Adonis Factor attempts to cover the topic of the obsession of body images, how gay men view themselves and how gay men type casts each other in the gay community. Muscle Heads, bears, chubs, twinks, etc.
I first saw the documentary film about a year ago. I had my opinions and have been meaning to write a review about it for some time. Because so much time had pass, I decided to re-watch it, just to see if there was anything I may have forgotten or issues that may have stood out.
Before my re-viewing, I got online to see what some of the critics and other viewers had to say about the documentary. I wanted to know if they shared my initial thoughts.
Interestingly the majority of viewers and critics don’t like the movie. They feel the documentary is a slickly put together film, filled with “Eye Candy”, gay public displays of affection and to many quick snippet interviews from mostly superficial gay men dealing with or not properly dealing with serious (or not serious enough) issues.
They feel the film does not go in depth to really address the pressing concerns affecting the gay community concerning body images, superficial-ness and self development.
Well for the most part I agree but I am not as critical. This is the first documentary I have seen to ever attempt to cover these issues. For that I give this film high praises!
Well of course with many awkward young homosexual boys and men who may not have a high sense of self worth or self esteem, these images along with the quest for the perfect male body can have lasting negative impacts.
The Adonis Factor brings these issues to the forefront with candid conversation with its subjects. There are nuggets of self evaluation, self development and inspiration with commentary from doctors and therapists. I did get a sense that there was not a “resolution” by the time the documentary ends; however for me the film’s short comings are not important because it is a great starting point to discuss and further the film’s topics of conversation.
You or gay men you know will be able to identify and relate with something in this film. At only 70 minutes in length, this documentary is perfect to watch with a group of your friends which will definitely get the thought provoking conversations started.
I give kudos to the writer, director and producer Christopher Hines. I think this is a good follow up to his first documentary “The Butch Factor”. I am glad someone thought enough of us to at least offer something to get us talking in hopes of healing and making us better.
Thank you for creating something positive to help gay men move forward!
The Adonis Factor is available for streaming on “Netflix”. The trailier is below.