Lindsay Lohan & Grant Bowler bring one of Hollywood’s most infamous couples back to life with intensity and authenticity.
In many ways, Lifetime’s Liz & Dick — the story of Elizabeth Taylor‘s tumultuous, decades-long romance with Richard Burton — is exactly like the couple’s life together: explosive, unbalanced and absolutely insane. And I mean that in a very good way.
Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler play the iconic Hollywood duo to perfection, and just like the couple, the movie is at its best when their relationship is at its worst. It’s pleasant to see them meet and fall in love, but it’s so much more entertaining to watch them fight and experience individual meltdowns — and isn’t that what you really want to see, anyway?
She may not be known as a dramatic actress — you may recall her sporting a boob-less t-shirt in Mean Girls — but Lindsay displays moments of legitimate brilliance throughout this film. One particular scene comes to mind, in which she goes to visit Richard’s grave, that’s downright heartbreaking. And that’s not a spoiler; Dick died in 1984.
Grant is also superb as Elizabeth’s (arguably) better half, and if you think Lindsay is the only star capable of pulling off a full-on meltdown in this movie, just wait until you see what Grant has up his sleeve. When he’s not making sweet love to the camera with his seductive, gravelly baritone, he’s throwing tantrums of his own — and he never holds back.
Lindsay is most believable as Elizabeth when acting out her later years, perhaps because she herself can relate to someone who’s been completely drained by the media. In that sense, the casting is almost serendipitous. I can’t think of a more perfect actress to portray the struggles of a once-tabloid fixture than, well, a current tabloid fixture.
Speaking of which, the most interesting aspect of the film is seeing how Elizabeth and Richard’s day-to-day existence created and shaped the tabloid culture we accept as commonplace today. There’s even a scene in which someone defines “paparazzi,” a word I’m pretty sure is now in the dictionary.
And if you’re still not convinced to tune in when the movie premieres, know this: the phrase “slut on a hot tin roof” appears in the film. So, you know, just consider that.
Like Lindsay says in the movie, “I want more. More!”
Get a special behind-the-scenes look at Liz & Dick below, then drop a comment: Will you be watching the premiere Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime?