I Am Michael has received a lot of attention for the questions it raises about the corners of queer identity. But ultimately, it wants to focus on the characters and let them tell their own stories.
Michael's story spans a series of relationships, each of which is being written off by one partner or another. He grapples with Serious Issues and explains his Deep Thoughts, but the other characters rarely have a chance to respond. The film manages to be respectful of its characters but sinks itself by devoting so much time to a tedious lead.