5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Quite good but races along,
This review is from: Wallis And Edward [DVD] (DVD)
This film is very well put together and the actors cast in the lead roles are superb. The problem with the film is that it races along too quickly. Infact it starts with a party at Embassy Club in June 1931, exactly 6 months after Edward first met the Simpsons at a weekend house-party in Melton Mowbray.
At this opening, Thelma Furness, Lady Furness, is not portrayed in good light. She was a little more relaxed than the character is written here in this film at the beginning of the film and subsequently at Fort Belvedere. Never mind.
The main gist of the story of Edward and Mrs Simpson is achieved with this film, although it rapidly moves to 1936, I guess because of length of production.
What is very clear and accurate is that Wallis enjoyed the station and status but became very aware of the consequences of Edward's intentions far earlier than he did (if indeed he ever did!). He was totally besotted, no doubt, and so was very blinkered to the reality of the situation. As for Wallis, there is plenty to suggest here that she knew far more than she let on. What was abundantly clear was come the wedding day, exile was inevitable and their lives would become mundane - him without a role or job and she unable to live up to her party-hostess role that she had become accustomed in London and at The Fort as the Prince's and then King's woman. There are times in the film when the writers want you to feel sorry for Wallis - I believe this is a step too far. In my opinion, it is the adolescent Edward that we should feel sorry for. The interactions with his father, George V, are portrayed well in this film but there is an inaccuracy in the story as to how Queen Mary announces to Edward that he is King - it actually took place in George V's bedroom chamber in Sandringham and not in the lounge at Sandringham. Small detail but important me thinks!
I prefer the TV series Edward And Mrs Simpson [DVD] rather than this film, but the film is worth a look at the low price.