Second-time director Madonna returns with W.E., featuring Abbie Cornish as Wally Winthrop, a woman in 1998 who is infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII (James D’Arcy) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough).
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Madonna's equally intoxicating and frustrating drama offers a look at Wallis Simpson, whose scandalous love affair with King Edward lead him to abdicate the throne of England. Is somewhat unsuccessful in its attempt to tie the famous romance to a modern love story, but film is sumptuously designed, and Andrea Riseborough's performance is stellar. Features a gorgeous score by Abel Korzeniowski.
The theme of women who are unjustly misunderstood is dear to Madonna.
W.E. follows that thread. The story would have been more convincing had she not tried to state her point that strongly. A bit more irreverence would have been highly welcomed. However, she manages to get good performances from her cast. Stunning visually and not at all the disaster that critics claimed it was.
I expected a disaster as ineptly bad as her acting and though it's not great it's not a total embarrassment so I was surprised how it won me over. If she was inspired by Visconti and Pasolini I now see what she was aiming for even if she didn't achieve it. Funny thing: the reviews, here and elsewhere, remind me of how Barry Lyndon was greeted by the critics in 75.
a terrible mess, actors directed very badly, soundtrack that covers the dialogues,
too stylized, flat characters.... miss Ciccone tells that she was inspired by the movies of Pasolini and Visconti... but what?
That second star is for Andrea Riseborough (deserved better), Oscar Isaac (still fail to see what Evgeni saw in Wally), the costumes and that Sex Pistols scene. Everything else sucked. I am particularly baffled by how bad Abbie Cornish was in this. It's hard to believe this is the same actress from Bright Star, considering how wonderful she was in it.
W.E. is certainly worthy of being an "interesting failure" - as such, it is a pleasant surprise. Madonna directs a distinct point of view and makes a bold artistic and personal statement. It is one of the best recent films I have ever seen on the grotesque of fetishisation, danger of fantasy and the fantasy of celebrity; in the the latter regard, W.E. is up there with Greenaway's The Baby of Mâcon.
how did i get here? i heard one song from OST. by abel k and a whole "controversy" online how movie is good and beautiful and critics dismissed it coz madonna made it and wrote screenplay. so in spite of my better judgement coz i hate that old saggy midget who prances around the teenagers in her knickers i decided to see it for myself... this is the utter disaster. amatrurish and bad as it gets.
Beautiful costumes and set design. Andrea Riseborough and Oscar Isaac's performances were other highlights for me. I typically love stylized films, but there wasn't enough of a story or heart to get completely behind this picture. The score was over-the-top and really jarring at times as well.