25 May 2012

"W./E." ARE AMUSED

UPDATED: 05/28/12
The more nitpicky among us have reason to be critical. The Madonna co-written and directed film, “W./E.” [henceforth for simplicity referred to as WE], as a whole, seems to lack a certain gravitas. Perhaps it’s the screenplay, which does get simplistic and disjointed at times. Maybe it could have been 15 minutes shorter. We get it. The film isn’t perfect.


Interestingly yet unsurprisingly, many of the film's reviews also contained diatribes focused on Madonna and her ambitions – as if it were relevant, and as if we were in a world where being un-amused by Madonna was still in vogue. Seriously?

Global domination and billions of dollars later, there are people still pretending to believe that Madonna doesn’t know what she’s doing.

Come on.

No matter what has been said or will be said about WE, I thought the film worked on one very important level, its narrative. As a simple film that attempts to tell two complex stories, WE works primarily because of its direction and editing. 

It is worth mentioning the fantastic performances of the cast, especially Andrea Riseborough and James D'Arcy, who flawlessly brought Wallis and Edward to life.

By interlacing the past with a modern-day woman’s search for self-acceptance, I believe author Madonna left an autobiographical glimpse of her own search into the Wallis and Edward story, and how that search may have influenced her personal present. 

The bottom line here is that the film achieves its overall purpose, which is to tell the tale of this over-the-top romance from Mrs. Simpson’s eyes. And in doing so, Madonna - as usual - also puts a little bit of herself in here for us to enjoy. Some call that narcissism. I believe the better word is "art."

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(UPDATED 05/28/12: Oh my, this just happened in Tel Aviv. Hilarious.)

PICTURE: Leeds Castle in Kent, UK, located just outside of London. In the 1930s, the Prince of Wales and Mrs. Wallis Simpson attended parties here, hosted by the Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie.