Many people tuned in to Lifetime on Sunday, November 25th and saw Liz & Dick. I was not one of those people. I read the horrendous reviews that poured in from revered new sites. I read about how horrible Lindsay Lohan’s British accent was. How her impersonation of Elizabeth Taylor was laughable and how Taylor is turning over in disgust in her grave. Don’t get me started on what the twitterverse had to say about the film. Their final verdict was that Liz & Dick was a train wreck.
These atrocious reviews spurred me to set my DVR on Monday night and watch this so-called abomination of a film. After sitting through two hours of it, I did not find that I could only sit through 5 minutes of it without gouging my eyes out. I did not think that Taylor was screaming from the depths of her grave at this inaccurate portrayal of her life. I did not find the script to be terrible. I did find Lohan’s British accent to be non-existent. I did find that there were moments where Lohan’s resemblance to Taylor was uncanny and I found that Lohan’s fainting spell, after her character learns of Richard Burton’s death, to be laughable. Overall, I did not think it was a bad film by any stretch of the imagination and I found reports otherwise to be greatly exaggerated.
That being said the thing that I found to be the most striking about the film is how the press dogged Liz Taylor throughout the film. They hounded her when she and Burton destroyed two marriages in order to form their own. They followed them out on dates. They chased them down the street just to get one picture. This was a woman who America loved…to hate. When she was at her best she clothed in the finest linens, make-up perfect and dripping in diamonds. When she was at her worst she was a home wrecking harlot, a perpetual bride, and a drunkard. She never hid who she was and if she tried to, there was the press right there to expose her. Still, she held her head up high.
Lohan is not unlike Taylor to this end. She started out as a child star and grew into a wonderful actress showcasing her skill in her most well-know film, Mean Girls and then had a downward spiral as a result of bad choices that now seems to continue with Liz & Dick. So here’s my query. I don’t understand how the same press who dogged Taylor even to her grave are now pretending to be the bastions of her memory. Have they taken on the role of a family member where they are allowed to talk about her but nobody else can? Have they forgotten the lesson that you should treat people like they matter when they are alive that was displayed so prominently during the deaths Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Amy Whinehouse?
Well, here is a reminder. Lindsay Lohan is alive. She’s not perfect just as Liz & Dick is not a perfect film but that doesn’t mean that she deserves to be ridiculed and embarrassed like this. She still has a lot of talent and despite what anyone says, her resemblance to Taylor is not only a credit to the make up department but also a credit to Lohan’s acting. I can’t speak to her personal character or to how she behaved off set but I am willing to bet that criticism like this won’t help. God forbid if anything tragic were to happen to Lohan, the same press who ridiculed her will be the ones who will appoint themselves the guardian of her memory and will bash the next person who dares to portray her onscreen because somehow they just don’t measure up. That hypocrisy was what I found to be the most laughable about this film.
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