Caught in a loveless Manhattan marriage, Wally obsesses over Wallis Simpson, the stylish American divorcee who captured the heart of Edward VIII. In order to marry the love of his life, Edward VIII had to abdicate the throne as King of England. As the Duchess of Windsor Wallis spends the rest of her life in celebrity exile. Inspired by Wallis and Edward, Wally escapes into the arms of another man, whose love sets her free.
Passable but misconceived movie
- W.E. review by PV
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I thought this movie would be a diasaster - after all, it got awful reviews and was direct by Madonna; however, this is a passable movie and an interesting 2 hours. Very confusing at times as the film switches back and forth between the modern day anf the 1920s and 30s. Way too much of the 'story of a strong woman' agenda, and utterly predictable focus on domestic violence. Also, it seems to argue that Wallace Simpson wanted to leave the ex-King but stayed because he forced her too (shurely shome mishtake...) To be honest, I think this would have worked better without any of the modern story - set around the 1998 sale of Wallis and Edward's effects and jewellery: it was pretty lame and sentimental really, with a predictable 'surprise' ending. BUT if you keep a close eye on locations and dates, it's an OK film - though the imaginary conversations between the modern Wally and the 1930s one is VERY clunky, as is the use of music - eg the sex pistols and other music. Laurence Fox is miscast as George VI too. Mohammed Al Fayed gets a starring role though - which is no wonder, seeing as (I think) people like him and billionaire 'byeesnyeesman' Roman Abramovich picked up the bill for this movie. 2.5 out of 10.
This was of course slated because Madonna directed it, any other first time director (she did direct an arty film previously but for some reason it was called a 'short') would have been given the benefit of the doubt. That being said it didn't quite work, the modern story was confusing, yet predictable & unnecessary. The look of the film & period detail were all excellent, she really does have an eye for detail. A period biopic would really have been a better idea, but it's by no means the awful trash that reviewers would have you believe . . .give it a go and decide for yourself.