Knowing my passion for old films, my best friend Jonny recently recommended The V.I.P.s to me.
The film revolves around various groups of people waiting in a VIP lounge at a London airport. All are scheduled to fly over to the US. But fog prevents their departure, therefore causing an unbearable crisis in each of their lives.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton headline the ensemble cast, playing a wealthy couple whose marriage is on the rocks.
There are other mini plots surrounding a businessman in a financial crisis, a duchess having a relocation crisis, and a movie director involved in a tax crisis.
Unfortunately, I was not the biggest fan of this film. I thought the plotlines were weak, the acting unspectacular, and the humor fleeting.
Plus, I am a huge fan of Grand Hotel, the 1932 classic this film's concept is emulating. It just doesn't compare.
That being said, I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. Because Elizabeth Taylor is just too glamorous to ignore.
Normally, Elizabeth Taylor is a fairly good actress. She says her lines and you believe them. In this film, however, it was like she just gave up trying. No trace of any normal human emotion flickers on her gorgeous face.
Her sexiest scenes, involving a love triangle, were devoid of any passion.
But she looked gorgeous doing them.
I was fascinated to learn that La La Liz used all her own jewelry in this film.
I also really loved her costumes. She had a pink dress in particular I thought was adorable.
If you're obsessed with old films or you're a die-hard Elizabeth Taylor fanatic, The V.I.P.s might be worth your while.
Otherwise, I recommend checking out her better films, such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.