“Feud: Bette and Joan” is one of the best TV shows I’ve seen in a long time.
How could it not be? It documents the real life feud between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, played exquisitely by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. (Seen on FX Canada).
Just the acting along should be enough to lure even the most casual tv watcher in. I mean, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange people. …and they’re at each other’s throats for most of the movie. Pull up a chair, pass the popcorn.
I don’t care what kind of run ins you’ve had in the past with your arch enemy….you got nothing on these two broads. As I watched it, I asked myself…does it have something to do with the era? Hollywood in the 1960’s? Honestly I don’t think so. I think the real subtext in this movie is how women are pitted against each other, and when the conditions are just right, you can pretty much count on a catfight. Sad right? Most definitely. Entertaining? Completely.
I won’t get into any details for those of you who really want to watch it, although I will say most of their epic feud was well documented. In fact, you could say it was actually orchestrated and the women were mere puppets.
I actually felt bad for both women. Both outstanding actresses who’d risen to the top of their field. Both in the twilight of their careers. Both trying to squeeze out as much as they could from an industry that was trying to squeeze them out. You’ve probably heard this before. When a man ages, he becomes distinguished. When a woman ages, she just gets old. Ugh. Painful to even write down, but we’ve all seen it. Check out the trailer.
Ryan Murphy is the mastermind of this new anthology. Think “American Horror Story”. If you’re wondering if there is more to this “Feud”? The answer is yes. And you’re going to love it. The word is, Murphy is now looking to cast the lead role in his next season. Princess Di and Princess Charles. A feud for the ages during their divorce. An entire nation taking sides in it. Now THAT’S a feud. If you’re wondering if it can get even better? The following season is already slated to be the legendary feud between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign.
Let the “Feud” begin.