Liz & Dick (2012) Lindsay Lohan, Grant Bowler, Theresa Russell, David Hunt Movie Review

Liz & Dick (2012)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler in Liz & Dick (2012)

Lust, Love & Libation

They met on the set of "Cleopatra" and whilst Elizabeth Taylor (Lindsay Lohan) didn't take to Richard Burton (Grant Bowler) immediately they were soon in the throws of a passionate and tempestuous affair. It was an affair which led to negativity in the press due to both being married but carrying on in public to Richard's jealousy when it came to now winning an Oscar. But despite not being able to live with each other they could live with out each other either.

If you were to put "Liz & Dick" on and close your eyes you might be forgiven for thinking that they actually used Richard Burton's voice as Grant Bowler does a beautiful job of recreating the Welsh, lyrical and thespian nature of the way Burton spoke. Unfortunately when you open your eyes Bowler looks more like a young Christopher Plummer. Ironically it is the other way around when it comes to Elizabeth Taylor as at times Lindsay Lohan gets the look right and certainly delivers the glamour of old Hollywood but no matter how much she tries she can't do Taylor's voice.

The daft thing is that the performances are not the main issue when it comes to "Liz & Dick" and truth be told a drama about a couple who were so in love but at the same time were toxic for each other is not that entertaining. To put it simply if I want to watch people argue, kiss and make up and then do it all over again and again I might as well start watching soaps again. Yes there are attempts at depth from Burton's longing to win an Academy award whilst there is mention of Taylor's health issues but in truth it comes across as lip service.

What this all boils down to is that "Liz & Dick" is simply a misguided attempt at a biopic mostly because watching a couple argue a lot is not entertaining and sadly that takes precedence over character depth and individual back stories.