I am not going to give a brief summary of the movie or talk about the plot, but instead I'd like to mainly focus on the acting which was brilliant. Surely biopics are usually exaggerated a bit to give the movie a dramatic effect that the original story might lack if told exactly as happened. Although I was not familiar with the story of Grey Gardens before finding out about this movie, I am sure there might be a few flaws here and there in terms of accuracy, but as I said that is not the point. This movie is a clear example of a director choosing an actress based on pure trust that she will be able to be great. This is a great example of a role determining how great an actress is and Drew Barrymore proved that her true potential is so much more than just cheesy romantic comedies and that she can be an actress of substance, evoking the emotions of the audience. I laughed with her smile, cried when she felt hurt and got angry when she was angry. Barrymore portrayed a not-so-pleasant looking woman, but it was too hard to be repelled by her character's unpleasant physical features because she made the audience fall in love with her with her light-hearted laughter, clumsy way of talking and piercing eyes. Drew Barrymore was born anew in this movie and was a true shining star.
Although let's not forget the importance of Jessica Lange's powerful performance that at times fueled Barrymore's. Lange was in no doubt the moving force of many scenes as her brilliant portrayal of a loving mother obsessed with the past helped Barrymore's performance shine even more.
Bottom line, both actresses did a great job hands down.
This was a brilliant movie and one to be recommended, praised and remembered.