10:07 pm - 11/15/2012

✰ "LIZ & DICK" first review ✰


If things had gone well, we would be sitting down to a Barbara Walters interview of Lindsay Lohan on Friday night. The high-drama star canceled a planned tete-a-tete with "20/20," intended to promote the upcoming, eagerly anticipated TV movie, "Liz and Dick."
Instead, viewers will have to wait for the movie. And so the reinvention of this former Disney child star takes another turn.

"Liz and Dick," premiering Saturday on Lifetime, is a glittery festival of great photographs and moving images paying homage to the iconic romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

No matter what you think of the script (which is a medium-grade made-for-TV movie), the look of the piece carries it. No matter what you think of the actors (Lohan as Taylor, Grant Bowler as Burton), the great period stylings, not to mention "Cleopatra"-period costumes, make this jewel-encrusted, cocktail-soaked, often tragic saga a rip-roaring good time.

Exquisite black-and-white photos re-creating the famously passionate chemistry of Taylor and Burton launch the story. Long before TMZ, popping flashbulbs accompanied their every move.

The film opens in flashback, with voice-over commentary by Burton (Bowler), reading a letter to the woman he loved across a lifetime: "I fell for you the moment I saw you, all those years ago at a party in Hollywood. You were everything I ever wanted even when you looked at me with utter disdain. I thought you were just luscious."

A medley of bad behaviors are re-enacted by the stars, each married to someone else at the time of their 1961 meeting on "Cleopatra." "Arrivederci Eddie," a headline blares as Eddie Fisher is dropped from Liz's life. The entire planet seemed transfixed by their torrid passions.

Sitting for an interview years later, the pair recounted their stormy romance.

"I was the monster who broke up America's sweethearts," she says.

"She's talking about Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds," he explains.

"They know who I'm talking about!"

The film captures their impossible allure. His voice! Her eyes! And their impossible temperaments — the fighting, the making up, the expensive baubles.

"Screw it, they want a show, let's give them a show," she says.

It's a traveling show, as the high-living lovers jet from Europe to Mexico to London and New York, their manager chasing after them to warn that they're broke. The pair married in 1964, divorced in 1974, remarried the following year and ended their second marriage in 1976.

Hollywood history is related through the pair's respective Oscar wins and losses. A clever re-enactment of the 1966 film "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is set against the couple's real-life boozing and bickering.

It's difficult to believe, but the romance was so heated and the publicity so great, the Vatican issued a pronouncement against the couple, accusing them of "erotic vagrancy."

Lohan is stunning (in violet contact lenses) as Liz, if unbelievable when talking about her weight problem. Bowler, a New Zealander, is dashing as the Welshman Burton. They hint at the right chemistry.

Lohan's personal dramas are ongoing gossip fodder but seem small next to the wild and public traumas of Liz and Dick. Contemporary kerfuffles reported in TMZ — reports of confrontations with her fans, a car accident or parole violation in connection with a shoplifting incident — pale in comparison to the superstar Lohan is playing.

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jigglemypuff 15th-Nov-2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
It doesn't matter if it's shit or greatest movie ever made. People will tune in to Linday act like a train wreck. She really doesn't have an interesting brand going now.
lindsayportugal 15th-Nov-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
and who named you spokesperson of the people?
beokitty 15th-Nov-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
It's true tho.

People aren't watching for her acting.
dacrayzblaze1 17th-Nov-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
That's why I'm watching it.
ilouboutin 15th-Nov-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
autumn1234 15th-Nov-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
Meh, I agree
coldharbourlove 16th-Nov-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
I agree!
xgirldc 16th-Nov-2012 08:31 am (UTC)
this is why i'll be tuning into this hot ass mess.
dior 15th-Nov-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
I look forward to watching it personally, and I think Lindsay does good work when she does work
julietislimited 15th-Nov-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
I will admit I loved her in the skit in your icon.
coffeebean1287 15th-Nov-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
hello_samm 15th-Nov-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
I miss her.
brokenseas 15th-Nov-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
I watched this skit again yesterday; seriously hilarious. BUt none of that is because of Lindsay
tebtosca 15th-Nov-2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Prince Charming steals the show in that skit

ohwutevernvm 16th-Nov-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
god, i love and miss her. this part is seriously my favorite. Real Housewives of Disney needs to happen!
julietislimited 15th-Nov-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Guys we need a watch-a-long and a drinking game for this. I will make all the pizzas I can and buy as much booze as possible.

its going to be a wreck and I'm oddly here for it.
itscomicrelief 15th-Nov-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
When I was went to see Skyfall, a preview for this came on, and the entire theater was cracking the fuck up. The best one was this old lady behind me who was probably the most offended, and called Lohan classless trash.

No matter how much Lindsay tries it, she'll never have a comeback. There are other, newer, more talented actresses* taking roles that she could only dream of/spread a rumor that she's in the running for.

*who show up to work, not inhibited by drugs, don't steal shit, obey laws, etc

Edited at 2012-11-15 10:46 pm (UTC)
hello_samm 15th-Nov-2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
lol I had such secondhand embarrassment when I saw that preview. "Elizabeth loved diamonds and I love diamonds soo...."
crucified 15th-Nov-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
lol I saw a preview before Skyfall too. No one laughed though. :(
ohwutevernvm 16th-Nov-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
lol lawwd
sucha_handful 15th-Nov-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
cant w8
beokitty 15th-Nov-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
right, right.
theratwhispers 15th-Nov-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
She looks like a person wearing a vaguely Elizabeth Taylor themed costume for Halloween.
theflyers 15th-Nov-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Right? Sort of like a "throwback fashion piece" sort of costume than necessarily Elizabeth Taylor herself, lol.
theratwhispers 15th-Nov-2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
I think they went to the nearest vintage shop and bought the most budget pieces they could find.
myxwill 15th-Nov-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
She looks like she's modeling for Party City.
violue 15th-Nov-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
The commercial for this looks good... right up until Lindsay actually speaks.
violue 15th-Nov-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
ok "good" is a strong word.
shanny_w 15th-Nov-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they even attempted voice coaching.
brokenseas 15th-Nov-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Why waste the money honestly?
theflyers 15th-Nov-2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
I keep seeing the commercials for it while I watch My Life is a Lifetime Movie and it makes me cringe.
ilouboutin 15th-Nov-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
girl, you did not just admit that you watch My Life is a Lifetime Movie
theflyers 15th-Nov-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
i was live-tweeting it last night, i do not hide behind shame!
sassandthecity 15th-Nov-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Is that Rachel Menken in your icon?
crucified 15th-Nov-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
This looks so bad.
manaconda 15th-Nov-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
No matter what you think of the actors (Lohan as Taylor, Brant Bowler as Burton), the great period stylings, not to mention "Cleopatra"-period costumes, make this jewel-encrusted, cocktail-soaked, often tragic saga a rip-roaring good time.

i wonder who from the costume department gave the writer a handy j. that cleopatra costume was a d i s a s t e r

Edited at 2012-11-15 10:59 pm (UTC)
brokenseas 15th-Nov-2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Right? Like if the clothes are the best part...well um
bbgood 15th-Nov-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
i'm excited!! haters go home and take a nap
arianagrande 16th-Nov-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
lol wtf
stelarjesss 15th-Nov-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
i can't take a review seriously when they write "rip roaring good time".
vivisexion 15th-Nov-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
i want her to make a successful comeback so fucking bad. she used to be a really good actress.
music_lover56 15th-Nov-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
same, but she makes it so hard :(
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