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"Their affair ignited a scandal. Their passion brought down an empire."
  • R
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.2  (13,453)
  • 37

W.E. is a historical romantic drama film that was released in 2011. The film is directed by Madonna and stars Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, and Andrea Riseborough in lead roles. The story of W.E. revolves around two different women who are living in different eras but are connected to each other in strange ways. The film primarily follows two timelines: one set in the late 1990s, and the other set in the early 1930s. The first timeline focuses on Wally Winthrop (played by Abbie Cornish), a young woman who is obsessed with the story of Wallis Simpson (played by Andrea Riseborough), the American socialite who was the reason for the abdication of King Edward VIII (played by James D'Arcy) of England. Wally is unhappily married to a wealthy doctor, and she is desperately looking for a way out of her unhappy marriage. She spends most of her days browsing through the Sotheby's catalog, which is full of Wallis Simpson's belongings that are about to be auctioned off after her death. While browsing through the catalog, Wally stumbles upon a love letter written by Edward to Wallis, and this inspires her to delve deeper into their love story.

The second timeline focuses on Wallis Simpson and the events that led to her becoming the most talked-about woman in the world. Wallis is shown to be a social climber who is struggling to find her place in the world. She meets Edward, who is the Prince of Wales at the time, at a party, and they hit it off instantly. Their love story is complicated by the fact that Edward is next in line for the throne, and he cannot marry a divorced woman without causing a scandal. However, Wallis and Edward refuse to let society dictate their lives, and they continue their relationship despite the objections of the royal court.

As the film progresses, we see how Wally's obsession with Wallis Simpson and her love story affects her own marriage and her relationship with her husband. We also see how Wallis and Edward's love story unfolds, and the sacrifices they had to make for their love. Towards the end of the film, the two timelines converge, and we see how Wally's obsession with Wallis Simpson helps her find the strength to stand up for herself and make important decisions about her life.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the performances of the lead actors while others criticized the script and the directing. However, the film was appreciated for its stunning visuals and the elaborate costumes that brought the 1930s era to life. The film was also noted for its portrayal of an oft-overlooked female character, Wallis Simpson, and her complex relationship with Edward VIII.

Overall, W.E. is a beautifully shot film that explores the themes of love, sacrifice, and the consequences of societal expectations. The film offers a fresh perspective on the story of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII and how their love story continues to captivate people even after all these years.

W.E. is a 2011 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 37.

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