Lifetime's 'Lizzie Borden' Is Unexpectedly Awesome In Every Way

Lizzie Borden Lifetime is reinventing itself. Or at least, it's reinventing the made-for-T.V. movies that were once its bread and butter. In a move that seemingly tipped its hat to the campy theatrics that its viewers craved, last week it aired a hotly-anticipated version of V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic. This week, it brought A-List star power with its dramatic chronicle of the one of the most infamous 'innocent' murderesses of our time, Lizzie Borden.

May I present, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe. You know who was FLAWLESS? Christina Ricci. This sort of tortured gamine is the type of role Ricci was born to play. She was mesmerizing, playing Borden as the repressed, enigmatic, woman kept close at home by a father who tormented and terrorized her emotionally. The movie didn't try to make any crazy twists -- it didn't present any new theories, or suggest that like, Lizzie was helped by Zombie vampires -- in fact, the movie's strengths lay in everything you didn't see

There's plenty of gore, but that's almost secondary. It reminded me of Psycho -- Ricci's character is much more about deeply rooted pathos than killing sprees. The film shows Lizzie carefully arranging her face before seemingly CHOOSING to scream for help. Her mental state is underlined by the totally modern (and AWESOME) soundtrack. You're in her head-space with her. The film definitely implies that Lizzie is behind the crimes, but by the movie's end you're so enthralled with Lizzie (and Ricci's big, hypnotic gaze) that the last thing you want to do is call anything she might say or do into question. Even those closest to her feel the same way. She's a bad, scary lady -- but she's also fascinating.

It's this fascination that's made Borden a source of interest for so many people since the time of the crime and well beyond. For pete's sake, her house is now a bed & breakfast (where me and my ghost fascination would kill slash be terrified to stay). The movie isn't a celebration of the crime, but of the lasting impression the story made on the country. I'm sure -- because this is Lifetime -- that they'll be airing it again and soon. If you missed it the first time, do yourself a favor and tune in: You'll be surprised and impressed. 

What did you think of the movie?

 

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Ang9403 Ang9403

It was boring.

zombi... zombiemommy916

I thought it had style...it did lose me a bit with the courtroom drama but I couldn't take my eyes off Ricci, she was fantastic! Best part? The incredibly creepy whispered confession to her sister was genius...And I agree, the soundtrack was startling but perfect. Keep it up Lifetime!

Claud... ClaudiaLynn

Sounds great...haven't seen but I DVRd it!

Teamom2 Teamom2

we watched it....the age group was mixed ...and we all liked the way it was done......

nonmember avatar Rebecca Blount

I thought the movie was good. The soundtrack was amazing. The only thing I didn't like was Christina Ricci. I though her acting in some parts sounded like she was a robot reading from a script.

zombi... zombiemommy916

Yes, Prima! Her waist killed me, pretty sure it has the same circumference as my thigh..bleh...

Jim McBride

I have always loved Ms. Ricci as an actress and she did a wonderful job in this show.

nonmember avatar PieCatLady

Absorbing drama, adhering fairly well to the published facts and trial transcript. Christina Ricci's fascinating portrayal was well worth watching. However, I found the soundtrack distracting and inappropriate; it jarred with the historical tone. For an intense dose of the Borden household milieu, read Angela Carter's atmospheric story, "The Fall River Axe Murders."

nonmember avatar Pamela

Well, I say, whomever researched for this movie could've done a better job. The information we have today on the Borden family is so different. This new Hollywood take is the same ole Lizzy Borden story. I don't think she did it. of course that's my opinion. I do in fact believe she was some sort of an evil genius. The casting was GREAT!! I loved Christina Recci, (Always have,) she was "dead" on portraying Lizzy. I loved everything enough to over look the pavement & utility poles, but it fell short on story. It could've been awesome!!! The writer has a lot of talent, you can see that. I feel he/she lost me from the very beginning. The Borden girls didn't call there maid by her real name. If you want to put out a Lizzy Borden story today, do more research. The reading I've done,-for many years- is very interesting & would make a far better movie. Thank you for keeping the interest alive. I have always loved the Borden case & read anything I could get my hands on about the murders. I read of their lives before & after, too. I liked the movie, I would've been very happy, if I knew nothing, but I do. So, it fell very short there. Those of you who do know little on the Borden's & where intrigued, or loved the movie. The new facts we know of the family now, is truly amazing, Enjoy!

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