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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from R votes
||Release: 22 March 2012 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, History, Romance
||Stars: Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, Christina Chong, David Harbour, Douglas Reith, Geoffrey Palmer, Haluk Bilginer, James D'Arcy, James Fox, Judy Parfitt, Katie McGrath, Laurence Fox, Natalie Dormer, Oscar Isaac, Richard Coyle
||Synopsis: In 1998, an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor causes great excitement. For one woman, Wally Winthrop, it has much more meaning. Wally becomes obsessed by their historic love story. As she learns more about the sacrifices involved, Wally gains her own courage to find happiness. Written by Anonymous
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Far from the best or worst picture of the year, W.E. is certainly the
most intriguing. It tells the story of Wallis Simpson (Andrea
Riseborough) and the New York housewife who is obsessed with her in
1998 (played by Abbie Cornish). This is not a straightforward
historical film, nor is it trying to be. Instead, the film is a
mediation on celebrity, history and the way people search in those
realms for meaning in their own lives. For example, Wally in 1998 is
trapped in a loveless marriage where she is virtually ignored by
everyone, so she imagines Wallis as utterly fabulous, and adored by the
man who abdicated for her. "What are you thinking about?" she is asked
at one point. She responds, "What it must feel like to be loved that
much". Madonna hits that nail right on its head, and this premise is
the reason she can't tell the story from a straight historical
perspective--celebrities really only exist in our heads. Madonna likely
knows this better than anyone. For this reason, Wally waves away her
idols alleged Nazi sympathies and the possibility that she and Edward's
marriage was not all that it seemed, because in New York in 1998, she
needs to believe that love can be eternal. In this context, the much
maligned scenes in which Wallis appears to Wally to give advice make
perfect sense. All celebrities and historical figures really are
figments of our imaginations anyway.
In the end, the theme is that people should not obsess over
celebrities, but should "get a life" of their own. This brings us to
the films one serious downfall. The audience is forced to spend more
than half the movie with Wally, who is beyond boring and unsympathetic.
This can be blamed on the script and the performance by Abbie Cornish,
who never seems to do any more than pose and read lines. The character
was never believable or engaging, and the script must resort to over
the top melodrama to move her story along. In short, the 1998 storyline
is a mess, and you'd think that a film whose premise is that
celebrity-obsessed people need to get a life would have known better
than to focus on an obsessed fan with no life.
That said, everything with Wallis is spot on, better even than anything
found in "The King's Speech" (2010). Andrea Riseborough, who plays
Wallis accomplishes in a single scene what Abbie Cornish couldn't in
all of the movie. She makes us admire and care for the woman she's
playing. She has a charisma (much like the director herself) that
guarantees the indulgence of the audience. She is going to be naughty,
and we're going to love her for it.
And thus you have the most interesting movie of the year: half
masterpiece, half slog. If the 1931 storyline had been stretched out to
90 minutes, and the 1998 one reduced to 10 or 15, this would have been
one of the best films of the year. As it is, it a tremendous curiosity.
I must mention, however, the best scene in the movie, featuring an
elderly Wallis and a dying Edward. I shan't give it away except to say
that it captures perfectly both the sweetness of enduring love and the
sadness, and inevitability of age and death. Where I was laughing
derisively at the previous scene, this one had me in tears before it
was through. Like I said, a very interesting experience.
I have refrained from mentioning its superstar director, because most
critics can't seem to see past their feelings about her as a person.
Still, I can't help but note that Madonna is vastly better suited to
depict the lifestyles of the rich and fabulous, than the dreary
doldrums of us common-folk.
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, Andrea Riseborough
, Christina Chong
, David Harbour
, Douglas Reith
, Geoffrey Palmer
, Haluk Bilginer
, James D'Arcy
, James Fox
, Judy Parfitt
, Katie McGrath
, Laurence Fox
, Natalie Dormer
, Oscar Isaac
, Richard Coyle
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