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It's worse than you think....
E1 / 88 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: May 14, 2013
I am old enough to know that at one point, Elizabeth Taylor was the cat’s pajamas of Hollywood. I am also young enough that when I think of Taylor, I think of the overweight has-been who was completely irrelevant the last few years of her life. However, a Lifetime movie starring Lindsay Lohan about a former starlet who couldn’t keep her name out of the tabloids and the press (I love me some Lifetime movies, and all things Lindsay)…Liz & Dick must be amazing, right? Um, right?
Liz & Dick is the story of the life and love of Elizabeth Taylor (Lohan) and Richard Burton (Grant Bowler). Throughout the film Taylor and Burton are shown in a dark room reflecting on their life together, starting with their first encounter on the set of Cleopatra. Initially Taylor finds Burton rude, but she eventually falls in love with him. Both married at the time, they have an affair that continued until their eventual divorces. Along the way, both Burton’s current wife Sybil (Tanya Franks) and Taylor contemplate suicide, as neither wishes to live without him.
Their self destructive, co-dependent two-year affair finally leads to marriage, divorce, and marriage again. Both force their way into each other’s films against the wishes of the directors, and constantly fight. They come off as horrible people who couldn’t care less about the world around them or who they hurt. When Burton loses consecutive Oscars, it’s the only thing that matters to him (even though Elizabeth won an award of her own). The family moves to a yacht off the coast of Italy to escape the paparazzi and their other troubles, but nothing changes. The fighting only gets worse, the money disappears, and Burton’s brother has a terrible accident which finally causes him to think about someone other than himself and Elizabeth.
I am fascinated by Hollywood in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I must get my hands on any movie telling stories about this time period, and this was no different. However, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more boring biopic. Elizabeth Taylor lived an incredible life so the story could have been so much more, but everything about this movie is awful. The cutaways to both of them in the dark room are more annoying than helpful. I’m not sure what the point of putting these in the film was, but they take away from what little good there is in this film.
Lindsay Lohan is just terrible. I am starting to wonder about my choices in life when I think about how much I love her. She is a horrible actress who brings down the entire film. She is so spectacularly bad I almost turned it off. I cannot imagine what her next role will be, but this could be the nail in the coffin of her career. The rest of the acting is not much better, but she is the cherry on top of this horrible cast.