Posted By: Coco Buchanan
Having not seen the entire 1975 Grey Gardens documentary, I was a little spotty on some of the details about the lives of “Big” and “Little” Edie Beale. Thus, perhaps I have a different (and inaccurate?) perspective on how well this movie does justice and compliments the original documentary. Overall, I have to say that I found this movie to be at once sad and really inspiring. Though it could be a little Lifetime-y at times, and though it could be argued to be far too happy as compared with the reality of their situation, I really enjoyed it.
Barrymore and Lange, in the Behind-The-Scenes clips on HBO On Demand, have both iterated that this film is a love story between a mother and daughter. But more than that, I found this to be about how these women felt the need to distance themselves from society to feel free, and yet were also trapped from and by themselves.