W.E. – **

Posted: May 16, 2012 in 2011, Drama, Historical, Romance, UK, USA, XX
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1536048/

You know what, peeps? I liked this movie. I was able to totally ignore the fact that this is Madonna’s directorial debut. Moreover, I liked this movie more than the boring The King’s Speech. Yes, it was too long and yes, the constant switching between the current story of Wally Winthrop’s loveless marriage with the famous story of Wallis Simpson doesn’t really have a clear goal. But, the acting is great and the settings, costumes, camerawork and editing keep it entertaining. Not once in The King’s Speech did I feel like there was a scene that was unique, but in this movie I saw several things that made me realize someone passionate was at work, who wasn’t ‘trying hard to please the critics’ as many reviews mention, but just made the movie she wanted to make. Unlike other people I’m actually excited  to see her direct again. Especially since I can’t stand 80 percent of her last album. Get back behind the camera, bitch!

Oh, in case you don’t know the story of the movie yet: there are two. One focuses on a young woman who got married to a shrink for who she gave up her independence, her work and her dream of having a child. The other focuses on a woman who hung out with the British Prince Edward back in the 1930s. The former Wally is obsessed with the story of Prince Edward giving up everything (his throne, reputation, desire for children…) to be with a twice-married woman who wasn’t a noble, wasn’t British and wasn’t particularly pretty. As there’s an auction taking place at Sotheby’s, selling items from the collection of the scandalous royal couple, she tries to figure out what Wallis Simpson gave up to be live in exile and become the most hated woman in the world.

Yep. Forget Madonna while watching this movie. Avoid reading the Madonna bashing reviews. This really isn’t a bad movie at all. It’s not awesome, but it’s okay. There’s a lot worse movies released out there.

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