Movie Monday: The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond 2008
Ever feel disappointed that there will be no more new stories from playwright Tennessee Williams? I completely fall in love with all of the movies I see featuring his writing, especially if Elizabeth Taylor is involved. So, when I saw that there was a modern movie based on his incomplete screenplay, I was so excited- despite the negative reviews I read.
Sure, Bryce Dallas Howard isn't quite Elizabeth Taylor. Okay, she isn't her by a mile. And yes, the plot is sort of a synthesized version of other Williams's masterpieces. The story moves slowly, and the characters are miserable beyond all belief. But as the movie progressed, I found my original opions about Howard's affected acting to shift more towards her character's nature. I loved seeing the characters develop, become more understandable, relatable even, as the story meandered on.
So, what is the story about? Of course, it is set in the south, features a beautiful, strong willed southern woman, and an aching dose of unrequited love. Fisher Williams (the Elizabeth Taylor-esque character) hates society life, but must attend all of the parties and mingle with people she despises. She brings along Jimmy, who's just a poor farmhand whose prestigious family has fallen on hard times. He feels a bit embarrassed at being Fisher's escort, and sort of play-thing, but goes along anyway, enjoying the parties and hoping for an opportunity to improve his family's life. You can't help but think he really hates Fisher, and believe me, you will hate her too (at first), but towards the end of the movie, you might find yourself disliking Jimmy and sympathizing with Fisher.
The characters certainly are dynamic. And the ending is less than satisfactory. But if you like period movies, long for more from Tennessee Williams, and don't mind a barely there plot, you might enjoy The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.