Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
by Phil Boatwright

This documentary by actor/director James Keach concerns Glen Campbell’s last tour to promote one last record. He and his promoters decided to take on this herculean task despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Aided by third wife Kim and their children, Glen was able to perform on stage, music being so highly developed in his brain. Though he was dependent on a teleprompter, he still moved about and gave an appreciative and supportive audience their money’s worth.

Glen had children by other marriages, but we see very little of them. They are not involved with the tour and nothing is said about the conflicts that have risen concerning the new wife and the old kids. But it’s hard to say anything negative about Kim. There is nothing more difficult that to care for someone who doesn’t always recognize you. Her torment will increase, but she is devoted and loving.

A special acknowledgement must be made for Glen’s daughter Ashley. Not only a pretty young woman, she is also extremely gifted musically. You’ll enjoy her duet with her father. Ashley and her mother also went to Washington, D. C. to appear before Congress, in order to bring financial awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Though I have never owned a Glen Campbell record, I have always appreciated his musical ability. He wasn’t just a rhinestone cowboy singer. He was a great guitarist who began as a studio musician playing for the likes of Frank Sinatra and everyone else. In this amazing showcase, you see a gift doing its best to beat the ravages of an insidious disease. And you see patient love and dedicated care, revealing what’s really important in life, not money, not fame, but love.

And it is a pleasure to have the family’s religious convictions touched upon. Though Mr. Campbell had some problems in life, both with substance abuse and reckless relationships, faith in Jesus was also there.

Though sometimes difficult to view, this is a well-made, important film.

Rated PG for subject matter, I found nothing objectionable.