The Adonis Factor
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Chiseled bodies, flawless skin, sculpted jawlines. At a time when popular culture objectifies men more than ever, it s hard for them to avoid the pressure to possess such physical traits. In his follow-up to The Butch Factor, director Christopher Hines exposes how far some will go to attain the Adonis factor the kind of god-like masculine beauty only seen in ancient Greek sculptures.
Hines takes viewers on an eye-opening journey through circuit parties, gay porn, and avant-garde fashion photo shoots, all of which promote their own kinds of idealized physiques. By capturing a diverse range of voices from those who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of mainstream male beauty, to those who openly spurn it The Adonis Factor ultimately poses the question: does a man s fixation on body image make him any happier?
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He also sidelines with talks with Titan Films, a plastic surgeon, a nude yoga instructor and a bunch of WeHo Twinks (who are all about ten years away from serious therapy). While the Adonises in the film fall into the spectrum of kind of sweet to genuinely annoying, it's the other interviews that shed light on the subject. The Goth Model Clint Catalyst is the most intriguing as a man who discovered his alternative nature and used it to his advantage. The trip to Lazy Bear is almost as interesting. One point I really wish Hines had spent more time on is the aging Colt Model as he muses on becoming the invisible former star. Which is amazing enough in the fact that he still looks like a million beefy bucks.
There are enough beefy men here of various ages (and several of them nekkid) to intrigue the voyeur viewers, but the underlying message is that the subset of A-Listers who cluster with fellow A-Listers aren't always as beautiful as you think. A trip into some smaller cities might have given the film more depth, then again, once goes where the pickings are best. Granted that finding poorly adjusted muscleheads in LA is like shooting sharks in a barrel, "The Adonis Factor" does a pretty good job at balancing the sexy and the smart.
The key points include:
A. Pretty people are eye-catching.
B. Men are visual creatures.
C. Some gay men are image-obsessed.
D. Some gay men are insecure.
E. There's a feedback loop that results from physical fitness or the lack.
The first half of the movie is primarily interviews with shallow people describing their pressure to mold themselves into whatever physical ideal they feel their peer group demands. We then get a survey of industry practitioners that capitalize on body image: pornographers, a naked yoga instructor, therapists, and the like, followed by an off-key advertorial on medical anti-aging techniques. The film closes with commentary from older gay men who have found ways, whether by choice or force, to make themselves attractive outside of physical beauty.
All well and good, this, but not particularly insightful. What long-term harm might we expect from an overemphasis on appearance? Was it a backlash to the appearance of the AIDS-afflicted in the 1980s, or did the cultural shift begin earlier? To what extent is it reinforced by the fashion industry, or those that would seek to profit from insecurity? Are there parallels with metrosexuality in the straight population?
Grabbing this low-hanging fruit would have made for a vastly more interesting documentary. As-is, I can't recommend it.
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This documentary clearly shows how poor is our search (man concerned) of an ideal man (and love). A LOT of beautiful men, with obsession for the perfect body, always bringing to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by laercio larapha@gmail com
Not too serious or in depth of the subject matter, but covers predictable areas well. Cover model since sadly died suspectedly of drugs recently.Published 22 months ago by cyh
This documentary is about body image and covers the different perspectives of gay males. I personally liked it, it does not suggest a solution, rather it exposes a major issue in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jerry
This film is a classic example of what has gone wrong with so much of American culture and the last consequences of masculinity that have been allowed to run amok and unchecked...Published 24 months ago by Marcus E. Sharpe
This movie was interesting although it did confirm a view that I had already had. Just nice to know that other people think like me as well.Published on May 13, 2013 by Michel Larabie
The documentary chronicles a segment of gay culture in which the men place physical appearance on a pedestal seeing it as the primary door in which a gay man can feel validated and... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by GrungeStealth
It is an interesting film and touches on interesting topics. I do not agree with all the conclusions the film presents, but it is well worth watching. Very thought provocative. Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by E. Castro