8 February 2012 | fanfilm63
a 5 star out of 10
I have to disagree with most of the critics who have trashed this film. Overall the movie is not that bad. It is a half decent movie. However Madonna had missed the opportunity to make a very good period movie if she would have focused only on Wallis and Edward's story. It is quite fascinating the way she describe it and Andrea Riseborough lights up the screen entirely every time she is on. She could have been even more magnificent if she had more meat and she could have been nominated for awards, she also reminds me of Marion Cotillard in La vie en rose. The film is absolutely stunning during the period movie, the costumes are splendid to every details, the cinematography is grandiose and the score is beautiful but a bit overwhelming some times (again less is more). However, the problem is the modern part, which could have been another film entirely. I didn't really see the links between the 2 stories, other than Wally was named after Wallis and if she was fascinated by W.E. story and Abbie Cornish is not really convincing in the role, day dreaming through the entire movie. The connections between the periods were often not clear and pointless going back and forth all the time and not leaving enough time screen for the period movie. The modern part is also full of clichés, abused woman who wants to get pregnant who gets saved by her Prince Charming and become pregnant. Really Madonna, I would have expect more from you, it was a bit reductive. The scenes were Wally and Wallis meet are also a bit awkward. However Madonna has definitely a eye for filming, but the next time, please have someone else write you a very good script and please remember less is more because movies have to leave something to the imagination.