I love my psychopaths, but I don’t like them declawed. Unfortunately, that was sort of the point of Lizzie.

The film follows Lizzie Borden in the time leading up to and after the day she allegedly took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41. Except the point of the film is to not make her seem so unhinged, but rather to humanize her and try to find rational reasons why she could have killed her parents. It’s an interesting idea, but the whole thing just devolved into a dull period piece.

Personally, I prefer to think of Lizzie Borden as a spontaneous crazy, with no rhyme or reason to her actions. That’s much more interesting to me. An uneasy socialite and victim of verbal abuse is less interesting, even when you add in the queer romantic storyline. Great performances from Chloe Sevigny (as Lizzie) and Kristen Stewart, but I was still bored. Such a bummer

Lizzie – \m/ \n

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