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Lizzie (2018) Movie Review


Director: Craig William Macneill

Writer: Bryce Kass (Screenplay)

Starring: Chloe Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jeff Perry, Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Tara Ochs, Kim Dickens

Plot: A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of Lizzie Andrew Borden‘s family.

Tagline – The legend of Lizzie Borden.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Lizzie starts as we meet the neglected Lizzie Borden (Sevigny) who is living in the shadow of her father Andrew (Sheridan) with her own health problems and nothing set up in her own future, a new maid Bridget Sullivan (Stewart) starts working in the house, she has nothing and finds herself needing to work just to make it through, getting closer to Lizzie during her employment.

The two become lovers and looks to escape this world together, finding their escape becoming one of the most famous incidents in history.

Thoughts on Lizzie

Final Thoughts The Lizzie Borden story is one of the most famous stories in American history, it has had so many different points of view about what caused the murders, we get to look at another idea, one that dealt with abuse, which caused a breaking point for Lizzie, along with her lover being part of everything that went down. This does have a slow pace, which doesn’t seem to work for the story, making it feel very slow to watch, with characters that aren’t bought to life in the way we would imagine them to be. We do seem to get targeted to sympathise with Lizzie, supporting her decision to kill her parents, which whatever really happened, doesn’t feel justified by the action in this story. We can’t fault the performances, as they didn’t have too much to work with to make them stand out from any other version of the people and by the end it does feel like it runs for too long to bot get enough out of everything we see.

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