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A mixed bag of interesting and odd
on November 23, 2017
I think that if Madonna's name had not been attached to the movie, the well-crafted performance of Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson would have gotten far more attention by critics and award-givers. Riseborough shines. Interestingly, and contrary to what I would have thought, Madonna directs and films the period pieces quite well and much better than the scenes set in modern times. The parts of the story involving Wallis and Edward are compelling. Unfortunately, the script meanders into contemporary New York with contrived story line about an abused wife which doesn't work on any level. In many ways, this predicament is reminiscent of "Julie & Julia", in which the Julia Child portion of the film is lovely, fun and interesting, while the Julie story line is dull and annoying. Ultimately though, Madonna's premise is that W & E are the worlds greatest tortured lovers since Romeo & Juliet. Nah. I get that he gave up a crown for her, but he actually hated the duties of being king and couldn't wait to get out. But if you wanted me to believe that never have two more perfect star-crossed lovers existed, we needed far more scenes of them falling in love, and far fewer of the modern woman and whatever she was doing.