Average User Score: 3.8Nov 28, 2012The worst kind of biography is the kind that expects you to care about it's characters off of name recognition alone. And yet that is exactlyThe worst kind of biography is the kind that expects you to care about it's characters off of name recognition alone. And yet that is exactly what Liz & Dick does; it leaps headfirst into it's scattershot story without reason or result. From the opening scene informing you of Burton's death to the quasi-interview device, the film never establishes characters, and doesn't care if you don't know what is happening or why you should care.
Lindsey Lohan is at times stunning as Elizabeth Taylor, physically speaking. However her acting leaves much to be desired, and every line she speaks is in the same dull tones that you could imagine her giving interviews for Herbie: Fully Loaded in. Bowler is delightful, but even his attempts to drag this thing up and out of the mud aren't enough. Immersion is impossible with a film of this sort that at one minute tells you how broke the characters are and then has them proceed to purchase expensive things. The reality of their financial situation aside: if there is no point in stating a fact then why state it? Why tell the audience that the characters are broke only to handwave it away twenty seconds later with a mention of "we'll do a movie"? What's worse is that it fails as even a guilty pleasure: the costumes are inconsistent, the editing is distracting, and the score is outright laughable and serves to ruin the tension of scenes more often than not. Furthermore, even with the occasionally impressive costumes Lohan never truly looks like Taylor, and even when you are able to picture it the image is frequently shattered by images such as shoulders covered in freckles or wigs that don't move anything like hair would. I can't recommend Liz & Dick to anyone. For those who are unfamiliar with Taylor and Burton you will be confused as to why events have significance and never truly engaged, watching what looks like a tenured college professor date his talentless but pretty student, promising he can make her into a star. For the initiated however you will be frustrated by the omitted details - Burton's alcoholism, Taylor's numerous exploits, etc. But both sides will be able to agree on the complete lack of chemistry between Lohan and Bowler, and wonder how two hours can feel like five. Do yourself a favor and re-watch Cleopatra instead.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Oct 8, 2012This version finally understands what so many versions before have failed to (and only the film series seemed to realize): that wise cracksThis version finally understands what so many versions before have failed to (and only the film series seemed to realize): that wise cracks and different weapons was never enough to differentiate the turtles themselves. Every one is a well developed character in it's own right, and every one has distinct methods of interacting with it's siblings. For example, watch as Raphael feels superior to Michelangelo and Donatello, but attempts to tear down Leonardo's confidence. It's a welcome change, and an exciting one. And the writers clearly understand how much the brotherhood between the turtles is worth - for once we have a TMNT series without an obligatory audience surrogate - a decision I fully welcome, as an "outsider" would interfere with this formula and recenter the focus from the brother's interaction to 'dealing with the outsider and it's antics". It would have been easy to drop in a 16 year old Casey Jones to match the 16 year old April, but the series doesn't stoop to that level. What's most exciting about this new iteration is that it doesn't want to stand on the shoulders of any previous version. It doesn't want to manufacture a version of what's "cool" like the original series, nor does it want to be westernized anime like the 2000's series (or a sentai show like the best-left-unspoken live action one). Instead, it wants to be Mars Attacks. It has a pulp sensibility modified by more modern stylistic choices, and is very jarring at times. But the sudden shock is the point, and it uses some of the same tricks that made Invader Zim work so well.
Some of the humor does fall flat, and the third episode is too formulaic for my tastes (despite Lewis Black's role, which he does a fine job with). But this version of the turtles we all know and love is more than just a new advertising scheme made to sell toys. It has a beating heart, one driven by some amazing writing and a solid grasp of comedic timing and tension. Speaking as a 30 year old man I've subjected this new show on all of my friends, and every one of them has liked it. You can find it streaming on Nick's site, commercial free. They may not say Cowabunga anymore, but don't worry. It's better this way.… Expand