W.E. is the second film directed by Madonna after Filth and Wisdom in 2008. The title – W.E. – stands for Wallis and Edward, which sets a biopic story between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, and tells of how King Edward renounced his throne to marry the woman he loved; American Wallis Simpson. The film follows from the early stages of their relationship, to later in the life of a supposed fairytale couple whose romance turned out to be anything but ideal.
If the director were to remain a secret, perhaps many people would see the movie with a more open mind and free of prejudice. However, as many fans as Madonna has, she has also earned a lot of repugnant detractors, and seeing her name attached to the movie almost immediately collects negative remarks before the film is even shown. Nevertheless, critics of the film say that if those people who are hasty to prejudge had no idea that Madonna directed the film, they would without a doubt find it to be a very well done and entertaining film.
W.E. stars Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle, James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough. The film is set in London, England and was also shot in both the U.S. and France. While some critics are criticizing Madonna’s directing; the poor and mismatched soundtrack, the unstable cameras and the incompatible transition of the camera, the film has gained praise as one of the best dressed films of the year. The costumes are charming and stylish, which most certainly help to detract from any of the other short-comings the film may have.
Though critics and naysayer’s can be found buzzing about the Material Girl’s film online, many members of the general populous, press, and even critics find the movie worth watching – perhaps even a “must see”. W.E. creates a beautiful portrait of what happened with the royal family in the mid 20th century while weaving in a simple love story takes place in the 90s with the character Wallie Winthrop.
Critics abound have been amazed at how their expectations of the film have been surpassed by how fantastic the film has actually turned out to be. A few comments of note are; that it was confident, bold and had consistently enjoyable moments. The only real notable shortcomings of the film have been; several tired clichés, a lack of grace in the different lines the stars recite and no real similarity is ever noted between Wallie Winthrop and Wallis Simpson.
Alas, fans and cynics of the film and of Madonna continue to wage discussion wars but be it positive or negative, the buzz generated will only help with the promotion of the film.