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NEW Cornish/riseborough - W.e. (Blu-ray)

3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars W.E., the fanfic version Feb. 22 2014
Wallis Warfield Simpson was one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century -- a twice-divorced American whose love affair with King Edward VIII led to his abdication.

So you would THINK that even Madonna could wring a decent dramatic movie out of the woman. Some passion, some intensity, some controversy... SOMETHING. But "W.E." ends up being a choppy, jumbled affair that leaves you desperately hoping for something other than total fluff. And you never, ever get it.

It's not actually the story of Wallis herself, but of Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish), the wife of a wealthy doctor in present-day New York. Wally's husband neglects her (he's obviously having an affair) and doesn't want to have a baby with her, so she wanders to Sotheby's to ogle the for-sale possessions of the legendary Duchess of Windsor.

She also falls in love with an attentive Russian guard after a savage beatdown by her husband. For some reason, she also starts... hallucinating? Seeing visions? Communing with the ghost of Wallis?

Well, whatever happened, she starts seeing Wallis' (Andrea Riseborough) past -- her introduction to the Prince of Wales (James D'Arcy), the affair that sprang up, the glamorous life they had together, and his obsessive love for her that led him to abdicate, even though Wallis was desperate for him not to do so.

Anyone expecting a semi-balanced depiction of Wallis and Edward should keep looking, because "W.E." is basically a cinematic fanfic written by a starry-eyed Wallis fangirl. Wallis and Edward are shiny, perfect, idealized dolls who are everything noble and glamorous, and anyone who dislikes them is just a mean ol' hater who irrationally loathes poor wittle Wallis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WE Dec 6 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this movie. The jewelry, the houses, the clothes, the story. I had heard that some people did not like this Madonna presentation. I think they are just jealous, its wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another view Feb. 7 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film presents another view of the Mrs. Simpson matter, one seldom allowed. More than that, more than a view of two women abused by their own destinies, is an elegant fashion show of an era that we are given permission to enter and savour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars W.E. June 30 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this movie alot; because I knew of the history of the royals. I thought the mixing of the two stories was done effectively; but I do add that you have to pay attention to the movie to understand what is happening. This isn't a throw it in your face type movie; it is one that requires you to think as it progresses.
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