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.