Friday, April 11, 2008
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
I enjoy movies with intelligent invective, like The Lion in Winter. There's also a great scene in Yankee Doodle Dandy where James Cagney and Eddie Foy Jr. (playing Eddie Foy, which doesn't seem like much of a stretch) insult each other's shows for about five minutes with smiles on their faces. Anyway, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is one of the high points for invective. If you like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor looking awful and acting horrible and vulgar at each other, this is the movie for you!
I enjoyed the parts where Taylor made herself as horrible as possible. Even with the makeup and the shouting, that's still not very horrible, but she tries very hard. But my favorite parts were when George and Martha teamed up and directed their viciousness at their unsuspecting guests. Good times.