Last night, America chewed its fingernails anxiously during the much-hyped premiere of Liz & Dick (we're talking advertisements on everything from Hudson News bags to the entire fleet of MTA buses). The return to screen by a beleaguered Lindsay Lohan had pretty much everything against it: A troublesome actress who looks older than she is, a non-primetime channel debut on Lifetime, and the intention to capture one of the most photographed, glamorous, and iconic women of all time. Of course, when there is so much potential for a trainwreck, Twitter can be relied upon to shine bright (like a diamond). Quick review: The film has a diagetic framing device, which has Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton narrating and unpacking their relationship as it happens — removed from the events of the movie — an entirely ridiculous conceit. And, the script itself is pretty flimsy. But, every now and then, Lindsay turns to the camera and a flash of Liz shines through (usually when she is being playful or alone on screen, the "Hamlet" scene is a good example), even though the two sound nothing alike (a point of contention from critics). The costumes are also quite lovely. Yet, as our friends on Twitter pointed out, Lohan's past mistakes and character don't allow viewers to take this movie as, erm, seriously as a biopic about one of the most controversial affairs of all time should be taken.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lifetime/Richard McLaren
Is that the upbeat score from The Parent Trap I hear? #LizandDick— Elana Brooke Fishman (@elanafishman) November 26, 2012
Oh my god, someone splice this Liz and Dick diamond shopping scene with LiLo's security cam necklace theft footge IMMEDIATELY. #lizanddick— Maureen O'Connor (@maureenoco) November 26, 2012
WHAT ARE THESE FLOATING HEADS? WHAT ARE THEY?! WHAT IS THIS MOVIE? WHAT IS IT? #LizAndDick— Leila Brillson (@leilaclaire) November 26, 2012
In their defense, everyone else in #LizAndDick thought they were making "Innocence of Muslims. "— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 26, 2012
Who HASN'T been guilty of erotic vagrancy? #lizanddick - J— Go Fug Yourself (@fuggirls) November 26, 2012
At what point does Richard Burton politely suggest with a sonnet that Liz Taylor needs a nicotine patch? #LizandDick— Todd (@Todd_J) November 26, 2012
This is almost as good as Herbie Fully Loaded. #lizanddick— Briana Danielle (@TheBestBriana) November 26, 2012
"How Can Mayonnaise Improve Your Sex Life" was also a headline in that weird newspaper shot, FYI. #LizAndDick— Lindsey Weber (@lindseyweber) November 26, 2012
Imagine all the seconds, even minutes, Lindsay must have spent working on that Liz Taylor accent. #LizandDick— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) November 26, 2012
Actually she kept his last letter (which arrived after his death) on her nightstand until she died...much more touching/poignant #lizanddick— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) November 26, 2012