Madonna's beautifully crafted film tells the story of a lonely New Yorker who begins to explore the ultimate love story: King Edward VIII's abdication of the throne for the woman he loved.
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Madonna directs mature, uneven drama; some domestic abuse.
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I was expecting much worse on this honestly. Sure it is overly long, a tad contrived, and the two stories never really seem to gel in a meaningful way but its surprisingly entertaining, well shot, and admirable in its attempt to tell the story of Wallis and Edward in a less than straightforward way. I welcome more films from Madonna if this is her first shot out the box.
- fb5320086, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
It took me a little bit not to be confused by the beginning of this movie because I didn't know they were going to have parallel stories, one starting in the 20's and one in 1998. Directed by Madonna, this was different and slow moving but a fantastically acted story about King Edward's abdication of the throne to be with his lover Wallis Simpson, along with the story of a woman in 1998 obsessed with this famous love story.
- moviegirl50, Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Ok, so "W./E." wasn't as dreadful as I was expecting to be. That said, it wasn't "good" either. It had two saving graces that kept the movie afloat -- Andrea Riseborough, and the set designers. Riseborough was intriguing throughout, and couldn't've done much more with what she was given. And, regarding the sets -- and the visuals in general -- pretty, pretty, pretty. Negative: Too much 1990s and too little 1930s... aka, Too much Wally Winthrop and too little Wallis Simpson. Negative: Too long. Negative: Infantile dialogue, and a lack of much subtlety or nuance. (Not Ms. Ciccone's fortes, alas.) Negative: The portrayal of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon as conniving, merciless, and power hungry. (I mean, wasn't the point of this movie to do away with demonizing characterizations in general?) Negative: The portrayal of Edward VIII as some heroic romantic. (Hardly.) The flip side of that, though -- and a positive -- is that the movie *didn't* go out of its way to portray Wallis as heroic or romantic, as I feared they would. Strong, yes. Bright, yes. Role-model? Eh, not really. I think *most* of y'all would be just as well to skip this one. However, the aesthetes amongst you will probably find it hard to stay away, regardless of whatever I might say.
- fb618639746, Thursday, February 23, 2012