Got nothin’. No clever segue. Seen the trailer a few times, but that’s about it.
I will, however, go into a little bit of history. In 1892, Lizzie Borden was the primary murder suspect of the axe murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and her step-mother Abby Borden. The details are pretty detailed and vast, but the long and short is that Lizzie was tried and acquitted. The case is still pondered over to this day. I’m assuming that’s what this movie is about. More details can be found in the link below.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Chloë Sevigny (LEAN ON PETE , SNOWMAN , LOVE & FRIENDSHIP , and upcoming films BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS  and THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOY ) and Kristen Stewart (PERSONAL SHOPPER , CAFÉ SOCIETY , AMERICAN ULTRA , and upcoming films JEREMIAH TERMINATOR LEROY  and CHARLIE’S ANGELS ). In support, we have Kim Dickens (MISS PEREGRINE ), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter SORCERER’S STONE , CHAMBER OF SECRETS , PRISONER OF AZKABAN , ORDER OF THE PHOENIX , DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 , and the upcoming COLETTE ), and Denis O’Hare (stuff I’ve either not seen or heard of, and upcoming films DANGER ONE  and THE GOLDFINCH ).
Now for the crew. Directing, we have Craig William Macneill, known for stuff I’ve either not seen or heard of. Penning the screenplay is Bryce Kass, known for stuff I’ve either not seen or heard of. Composing the score is Jeff Russo, known for MILE 22 (2018). The cinematographer is Noah Greenberg, known for stuff I’ve either not seen or heard of, and upcoming films CRUISE (2018) and TU ME MANQUES (2018). Finally, the editor is Abbi Jutkowitz, known for stuff I’ve either not seen or heard of, and the upcoming DREAMLAND (2018).
Overall, so long as the movie doesn’t give a straight answer, which would be pure speculation, then it might be okay. We’ll see.
This is my honest opinion of: LIZZIE
Set in 1892. Lizzie Borden (Chloë Sevigny) is the daughter of a wealthy and influential family. However, she herself is something of a rebel and doesn’t often let her father Andrew (Jamey Sheridan) tell her what to do without voicing her dismay. The family hires the young maid Bridget Sulliven (Kristen Stewart), who is a dutiful young and quiet woman, however is quickly subjected to Andrew’s lust and repeatedly forced into sex. However, the relationship between Lizzie and Bridget also grows and becomes something of a romantic relationship and the continued mistreatment from her father eventually becomes too much for her.
Meh, it’s not bad, but I don’t think this is going to be very memorable.
First off, let’s get this out of the way, and I don’t think this is a spoiler. This movie does the exact thing I didn’t want. It gives an answer. She did it. If I’m not mistaken, the general consensus is that no one actually knows if she did. So to offer a definitive answer is a special kind of pretentious. Over the course of last hundred-plus years, some brilliant minds have put forth their theories, which I’m sure hold a ton more water. But no matter who says what about it, it’s completely uncertain. So with that in mind, this movie loses a few brownie points from me.
I don’t hate the movie. I don’t like the movie either. It just sort of exists and is ultimately pretty forgettable. I definitely don’t want to see it again. If I’m not mistaken, this movie was something of a passion project for Sevigny and took some time to get off the ground. I mean, she’s neither a writer or director, a producer only, but whatever passion she wanted to put into it didn’t show through in the final product. Whether that’s her fault or not, it’s impossible to tell. I can only say that acting is passable, Stewart delivering the best performance in the movie as essentially a rape victim with no power. Other than that, I’m pretty sure there’s better material out there regarding this subject matter.
My honest rating for LIZZIE: a weak 3/5
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