'Liz & Dick': a review
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'Liz & Dick': a review

San Francisco : CA : USA | Nov 26, 2012 at 2:53 AM PST
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“Liz & Dick” was more of a strange and subdued TV movie indeed. The “Based on a true story” message was plastered across the screen. However, the story that the film tries to tell was much vibrant in reality than it is portrayed in this somewhat flimsy production. The story chronicles the life that Elizabeth Taylor had with Richard Burton, primarily during the 1960s. The two met during the making of “Cleopatra” (1963). Most viewers tuned in to watch “Liz & Dick” primarily to witness Lindsay Lohan trying to bring back her career from the dead.

Lohan has wasted away ample acting promise and talent and spent her adulthood being a rowdy party girl and occasional criminal. Having been given so many chances, it is difficult for the audience to connect with her and spur her on. Her role in “The Parent Trap” (1998) is the only thing that keeps her up as a viable acting commodity and keeps hope alive for her fans. Critics hoped that “Liz & Dick” would provide Lohan with a chance to connect with Taylor, as there is an abundance of similarities between the two when it comes to their private lives. It seems years of avoiding the paparazzi and tabloid photographers have made Lohan almost docile in front of the camera. Lohan could not emulate the tone and pitch of Liz Taylor's voice. Viewers were instead treated to the rough and raspy voice that has become a Lohan trademark, as witnessed on candid moments on TMZ or in the ABC Family movie “Labor Pains.” It seems the only effort Lohan put into preparing for the movie was the ample eye makeup Liz was known for. The film has no visual appeal and fails to captivate.

The film’s male lead, Grant Bowler, did not fare much better. His portrayal of Burton was more modest and not in tune with the adroit Burton was known for. Writer Christopher Monger and director Lloyd Kramer had the perfect opportunity to create a masterful biopic for the Lifetime channel. Taylor and Burton deserved a better telling of their tale and like most of her project’s failures, the blame falls on Lohan. She should have broken free of her protective shell and made a greater effort to try and grasp the mind set of Liz Taylor rather than getting caught up in her own.

harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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