W.E. 2011

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(91) IMDb 6.1/10
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Manhattan is buzzing about the auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Wally Winthrop is trapped in an unhappy marriage and is obsessed with the love story of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII. As she learns about Wallis's sacrifices, Wally finds the courage to create her own happiness.

Starring:
Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

W.E.

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Madonna
Starring Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough
Supporting actors Oscar Isaac, James D'Arcy
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By loubeetle on 10 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
I watched this while my husband was watching football , had seen the reviews and expected it to be bad. Was I wrong! This film is excellent! It was brilliant through and through. It annoys me how madonna gets slated whenshe does something different This film is well worth wAtching and when the football was finished my husband enjoyed it. I think the actress playing wally was excellent and i enjoyed the flick from present day to an earlier time. This is a film worth watching and I wll see it again many more times.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 19 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
I have just watched "W E" (on the date that Wallis Simpson was born, 19th June - she would have been 118 today) and thoroughly enjoyed the 1930's part of the story, which was very well filmed, with stunning locations, clothes, and music score - I loved Madonna's haunting song "Masterpiece". The film was very well acted, with Andrea Riseborough superb as Wallis, but I didn't think James D'Arcy captured the essence of Edward VIII or look like him particularly; but I really couldn't see the point of the present day story as it jumped between the two time periods - much better to have stuck to the original story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tinksjane VINE VOICE on 14 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I just love it when you watch a movie that you didn't expect to be up to much (going on some reviews.....) but suddenly you are mesmerised with it and it turns out to be a real knockout?! This is one of those sleepers.....it was compelling from the start to the finish and I would recommend this to anyone. People should go into this with an open mind and give it a chance....it deserves it! As for the blu ray, great picture, great sound and a few extras that are worth checking out too. All in all a really good movie! Learnt a few things which I didn't know from this amazing story of W and E too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Jones on 7 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I had mixed feelings about this film - some of the reviews had been a bit sniffy, I'd heard tales of problems with the production specifically a story about disagreements over editing. Plus, there was the Madonna question and all that came with that.

In the end, I bought the Blu Ray because the subject matter was quite intriguing. In Windsor/ Simpson we have one of the great 20th Century romances alongside those of Burton/ Taylor and Callas/ Onassis. One of those pivotal trysts played out against the decadent back drop of Europe's most stunning locations.

What do we get here? You'll maybe familiar with the tale but, briefly, it's built around the correlation between the W/E romance and that of a modern day New York couple.

What struck me within the first half hour was similarity with Marie Antoinette, the Sofia Coppolla film. Like that film some of the set pieces are beautifully filmed, in fact there's an absolutely exquisite dance sequence that appears to be inspired by the masked ball in MA. It doesn't end there, in one of the dance sequences, the music switched to the Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant. Unfortunately, whereas Coppolla uses new wave music as part of its soundtrack, the Pistols track is dropped in out of nowhere, and it's not entirely clear why.

The story hangs together well for the first 90 minutes, although the apartment of the security guard seems to be a bourgeois haven somewhat at odds with his (presumably) lowly paid role. The last 30 minutes unfortunately push the credibility envelope a wee bit too far for me. I won't spoil the tale, and you can make your own mind up on that one, but I just found it too incredible to hold water.

Regardless, it's beautifully filmed with a terrific soundtrack and the Wallace/ Edward side of the story is fascinating. For me, it's a film I'll watch again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Lewis on 20 Feb 2013
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I have just watched this film twice and I never watch films again. It is one of the best films I have ever seen. It is magical and haunting and I can't stop thinking about it. The acting, the sets, the clothes and the production are all amazing and I love the soundtrack. I will never take any notice of the critics again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Bretherton VINE VOICE on 3 May 2014
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but, when he dies, the soundtrack talks about the 'death of George the Third' !!!

WHAT?? You are making a film about Edward VIII and the importance of the fact that there was an unexpected George the 6th and you don't get the name of the deceased monarch correct?

That just about sums up the qualit of this movie. It is beautfully shot, the clothes are lovely, but the twin time stories thingjust does NOT work at all. The woman who plays Wallis is very good, it is a really polished performance. Sadly the rest of them are pants.

The story is jumbled and disjointed. There is an unnecessary romance with a Russian (lovely looking, I grant you that, Madonna) security guard which has nothing to do with anything much.

This could have been a good film in the right hands, Sadly it was in the wrong hands......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
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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