W.E (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
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The film mixes the notorious affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson with a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard. The time is 1998 and at an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor unhappily married ex-Sotheby employee Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) becomes obsessed by their historic love story. Her own marriage to womanizing, abusive psychiatrist William (Richard Coyle) undermines her feelings of worth and as she learns more about the sacrifices involved in the famous affair, she gains her own courage to find happiness.
The film flips back and forth between the present and the 1930s and it is the historical aspect of the film that is almost flawless. We get to know Wallis Simpson (in a brilliant portrayal by Andrea Riseborough) and understand her failed first two marriages (at the time we meet her she is still married to Ernest Simpson played by David Harbour), and see the American sizzle that made her the talk of England.Read more ›
Poor Madonna, she didnt get the credit she deserved. This is a good movie, a good chick flick movie, beautiful period piece. The clothes of the original Wallis of yester-year could compete with the likes of Titanic. The cinematography could compete with The King's Speech.
It's like an art house movie instead of a blow-em-up "block-buster." You're probably not going to get your man to watch this movie with you but enjoy it anyway.
I bought it used and I know I will watch it again and even lend it to some girlfriends.
In a strange decision, Madonna and her co-writer Alek Keshishian filter the famous love story through the eyes of a modern woman (Abbie Cornish). Cornish plays a rather expressionless upscale housewife tortured by an extravagant lifestyle and an inattentive husband. Just to elicit some sympathy for her plight of complete freedom and wealth, her husband is made out to be a cackling caricature of evil. Cornish is obsessively fixated on Wallis Simpson in a very creepy way (Simpson stories play non-stop on the radio and TV, she spends every waking moment studying memorabilia from the time period, and she has imaginary conversations with her idol).Read more ›
Like JULIE & JULIA, the picture tells two parallel stories. One deals with Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) an unhappily married woman during the 1990swho is totally obsessed with Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), and even imagines having conversations with her. Indeed, in one of these fantasy moments, Simpson turns to Wally and snaps, "Get a life!" The other story follows the path of Edward (James D'Arcy) and the woman who caused him to abdicate the throne of England.
The actors are excellent, as is Madonna's direction. The problem with this film is that the modern story, which dominates, is really not as intriguing as the historical one, even though we know how that one will turn out. Unfortunately, it's apparent from the start how the fictional Wally Winthrop's saga is going to end also.
The movie does, however, make some interesting points about the difference between the legendary "fairy tale" romance and reality.
Oscar Isaac, Natalie Dormer, Richard Coyle and James Fox co-star in the film, released in a 3-disc (DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital) set by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The sole extra is a well done "Making of" featurtette.
© Michael B. Druxman
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Great narrative. Great movie. I think it was under rated because it was directed by Madonna. Love the costumes and sets. Great recent history pic.Published 14 days ago by Tiffany Reyes
I hope the next movie I see about Wallace Simpson that it goes into Wallaces youth and more about the things she was believed to have learned about pleasing a man while living in... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Seann
Far more interesting than I expected. Both of the romances are interesting to watch although I would have liked just a bit more of the contemporary one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bonita
A peek @ the other side of the American woman's side of her story when the King of England abdicated the throne for his commoner, American divorcee'. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rene'e
Not a great movie by any standard but enjoyable enough to watch. Warning: the bath tub scene is brutal and hard to watch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by excelwrite