FEUD

FEUD

A delicious docudrama featuring A-list performances, gorgeous sets, and the cattiest of fights

7.6

TV Show

United States of America
English
Drama
2017
Calista Flockhart, Chloe Sevigny, Diane Lane
51 min

TLDR

The day Ryan Murphy stops working with Jessica Lange is the day I stop watching him, I fear.

What it's about

Each season, Feud explores a high-profile clash, usually among the famous and elite. The first season follows the longstanding beef between Hollywood darlings Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon), while the second is about the deadly fallout between Truman Capote (Tom Hollander) and his New York socialite friends.

The take

To mere observers, a grudge can seem like just that: a grudge. Shallow, inconsequential, and probably fixable. But for those involved, the cut feels deeper and saltier, despite (or because of) its inexplicable nature. This maddening feeling is what Ryan Murphy both explores and honors in Feud, and boy does he go all in: vicious dialoge, prima donna veterans, stylish costumes, and period-accurate sets. But the real cause for celebration is the empathy he affords to both sides of the feud. There is delicious drama of course, which is what makes this as addictive and watchable as any episode of The Real Housewives, but there is also space for difficult feelings and contradictory ideals. Real archenemies can’t get enough of one another, like Crawford and Davis, and Capote and his swans. It’s that obsession that ultimately makes feuds, and Feud, utterly fascinating. 

What stands out

The women, as intended. It’s clear Murphy and co. exclusively hired divas to rein in the entire enterprise, and it works! Any scene with all the girls together in Capote vs The Swans was a heartstopping sight to see. 

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