Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor! My Review

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Let me be brave and say that Lindsay Lohan is still a cute, appealing actress, even if her raspy voice betrays a prematurely hard-lived life.

But casting her as Liz Taylor was almost as much of a folly as Jennifer Love Hewitt's Audrey Hepburn!

In the Lifetime movie Liz & Dick that premiered last night, Lindsay couldn't come close to capturing the uncanny mixture of class and vulgarity that was Liz Taylor, not to mention her radiant allure and riveting mood swings.

And while Grant Bowler approximated Richard Burton's voice, he lacked his pockmarks, his darkness, and his utter self loathing.

He looked more like Alec Baldwin.

Together, Lohan and Bowler had no sexual heat, which made the parade of fights-and-makeups--narrated by the blabby corpses of Liz and Dick--come off much duller than they really were.

Making the film even more of a trial, everything was spelled out for dummies, so when Richard mentioned flying to Rome, the next shot said "Rome, Italy."

When Liz furiously threw a bottle at a wall clock, she was then made to say, "I was so mad at Richard."

But there were tons of costumes, and the second half became more watchable, as they entered the Virginia Woolf? period and loved and hated more desperately.

By the end, via sheer will and blowsiness, Lindsay actually looked like Liz.

Sort of.

I just hope I can be forgiven for thinking all through the scene in the jewelry shop, "Did Lindsay walk out with some of the stuff, assuming it was an unspoken 'loan' arrangement?"


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11 comments
SouthernDave
SouthernDave

 Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland -- all one-of-a-kind.

Why not watch one of their own films instead of wasting your time on cheap, nitwit knock-offs?

Recently, I watched what is supposed to be one of Taylor's worst films, "The Driver's Seat," which is certainly strange and held little surprise because I knew what the "twist" ending was.

Then I read the Muriel Spark novella on which it was based and found out how absolutely faithful the film and Taylor were to Spark's story and character  (apart from a bit of sexing-up where the Italian garage mechanic tries to force Elizabetta to go down on him!)  Taylor, as a truly Lost Lady, was nothing less than fascinating throughout, even in an outre film such as this.

 

This is the era of the faux, the phony, but kids, the originals  trump the imitation every time.

 

 

DDTL10
DDTL10

@mikeymusto It will be worth watching for the costumes I think.Not the acting as you stated.I thought Sherilyn Fenn did a good job as Liz.

JessicaClackum
JessicaClackum

"I just hope I can be forgiven for thinking all through the scene in the jewelry shop, "Did Lindsay walk out with some of the stuff, assuming it was an unspoken 'loan' arrangement?"

 

Love this.

 

That movie was like a really bad train wreck, I couldn't help but watch parts of it. I kept asking myself what they could possibly tell us about Liz and Dick that we don't already know. We know they had a tumultuous volatile love/hate relationship. We knew she drank, took pills, he was an SOB, she had a temper, they fought all the time. HELLO?  All that movie did was reaffirm that Lindsay Lohan can't act and that guy who played Burton...is  forgettable.

 

As always though you  nailed it!

 

Jess

JessicaClackum
JessicaClackum

@mikeymusto "Lindsay couldn't come close to capturing the uncanny mixture of class and vulgarity that was Liz Taylor" #win Mikey win!!

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

Speaking of Richard Burton, I got the Richard Burton diaries. While I admire him as an actor, as a human he was a jerk. I think 'self-loathing' is an excellent adjective for him.

miko00
miko00

Who would have thought? I never expected much...  Did ANYONE expect much.  Regardless of lifestyle and general trashiness, Lohan- like Hewitt- is simply too young to play a role like this. Hewitt and Lohan both just seemed like little girls playing "dress up"...

suburbanoinker
suburbanoinker

Yes, before she BECOMES a ghost of a celebrity past.

Alex-Geana
Alex-Geana

I kept on thinking is was the most horribly cast movie ever. That the writers needed to -- well. Write. And that I desperately wished Lindsay Lohan would stop evoking the ghosts of celebrities past and just inhabit a role that would work for her and make use of her talent. 

bethesda
bethesda

As always, your review is far better than the movie itself.

suburbanoinker
suburbanoinker

I missed it! Oh well, I'm sure it'll be on 1000 more times.

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