Sunday, June 01, 2008

Movie review: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A powerful, ugly play about just how god-awful marriage can be.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton play George and Martha, a miserable, sour couple whose one pleasure seems to be shredding each other emotionally. Make that one of their two pleasures. The other is inflicting their misery and hostility on their houseguests.

Nick and Honey are a young married couple who come over for drinks after a faculty party at the college where both men work. George and Martha show not even the slightest pretense of civility, opening the door to a screeched "Screw you!"

That's just the beginning of a downward spiral for both couples as alcohol and resentment build in equal measure.

However well-acted this may be, it's relentless in its negativity and hopelessness. Be in the mood to want to slap someone when it's over.

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