- 1 hr 55 min
W.E. is a dramatic film with romantic themes. It tells the story of two women who lived sixty years apart, Wally Winthrop, played by Abbie Cornish, and Wallis Simpson, played by Andrea Riseborough. Wally is a young woman living in New York who becomes interested in Wallis’ affair with King Edward VIII. Wally first learns about Edward and Wallis when an auction of their personal effects is held in New York. King Edward loved Wallis, but the Palace did not approve of the match, so King Edward gave up his throne in order to be with the woman that he loved. Wallis had been married previously and was divorced when King Edward fell in love with her and the Palace did not approve. Wally is fascinated with the couple, and she begins to look for all the information she can about the couple’s romance. She soon discovers that what she thought was a fairy tale romance was not as smooth as she thought. Wally is also going through her own romance with a security guard, and she uses Wallis and Edward’s relationship as an inspiration for her own. Because of the situation surrounding their romance, Edward and Wallis had to make a lot of sacrifices to be together. Edward lost his royal title, and Wallis had to deal with gossip and backbiting about her. Wallis was also rumored to have sympathized with Germany’s Nazi party, a fact that Wally does her best to ignore. The more Wally learns about the couple’s romance, the more she realizes she will need to be brave in their own relationship. Wally soon comes to see that her relationship with the security guard is an abusive one, and she needs to leave him and find a man like Edward, who will truly love her and give up everything for her.