Excerpt: The title stems from the initials of the main historical figures depicted in this film, namely Wallis “Wally” Sampson (Riseborough) and Prince Edward (D’Arcy) of Wales. The latter abdicated the throne of England for the former, an American divorcee, and was exiled from his home country as a result.
Conclusion: How fitting that the world's collective response to Madonna's W./E. was precisely what the title translates to in Internet slang. You might have suspected that some of the film's scathing criticism was a kneejerk reaction to the overconfident award season positioning of a powerful pop singer's...
Excerpt: W.E. , essentially, tells the story of a grand real life fairy tale, wherein the common woman marries the king whom becomes so infatuated with her, he gives up the throne. Cue a sequel called The King’s Speech . Well, sort of.
Conclusion: Set aside any preconceived notions about a period Drama/Romance directed by a Pop legend, or take the name "Madonna" out of the equation entirely, and see that W.E. shows promise, that there's a fair picture -- or maybe two good ones -- to be enjoyed.
Summary: This movie isn't as tragic as critics are making it out to be. It's stylishly done, well-acted, the costumes were brilliant and the music was practically a character within itself. If only the plot weren't such a mess.
Excerpt: It’s easy to see what might have attracted writer-director Madonna (who has also been known to dabble in music) to the story of twice-divorced American-turned-Duchess-Of-Windsor Wallis Simpson, a woman of modest means who reached rarified heights of fame and infamy and inspired a constitutional...
Excerpt: Considering the rough reception that greeted Madonna�s second outing as a film director at its opening in Venice, and the critical mauling the film has subsequently had on its release, it seems pointless to heap any further criticism on W.E.