Quick-Thoughts: Mike Nichols’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Do I really have to get married, world?

Quite contained location-wise, visually precise, unafraid to get a little gruesome, and overall a theater actor’s wet dream, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a drunken spiel of emotional rage that pairs said talents to a cold-brew success. Brimmed to the edge with dialogue galore, the movie somehow never becomes too exhausting despite its own ongoing speech and acting fixations. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor are just so damn good at translating the legendary script in this shamelessly theatrical motion picture that it’s difficult not to enjoy the living daylights out of it. You can literally smell the destructive marriage polluting from the screen and it is devil-icious.

I do wish the movie showed us more of Martha and Honey’s private conversations, though. That would’ve been favorable. By the way, does anyone else feel bad for poor Honey, huh? 

Verdict: A-

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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