Greetings again from the darkness. The true story of Edward abdicating the British crown for the love of his life transcends romance or history. It is even more interesting than the story of his brother’s reign in his place … as documented by Oscar winner The King’s Speech. To think this man surrendered the power that comes with being King, lost his family, and was outcast from his beloved country, all because he chose this woman … well that’s what dreams are made of.
This particular presentation is brought to us by director Madonna, who also co-wrote the script with Alek Keshishiam (the director of Madonna: Truth or Dare, 1991). An attempt is made to correlate a modern story featuring a Wallis-and-Edward-obsessed Abbie Cornish, and a Russian security guard played by Oscar Isaac. This feeble story line intertwines with the original story of Wallis Simpson and Edward. Guess which story is WAY more interesting than the other? Despite that, much screen time is wasted on Cornish and Isaac.
Andrea Roseborough is outstanding as Wallis, the American twice-divorced spirited woman that Edward (James D’Arcy) falls so hard for. The only issue I had was that her speech pattern and tone reminded me of Rosalind Russell every time she spouted off another tart line of dialogue. Still, the sparks were evident between between these two, despite the sometimes horrendous camera work. Which leads me to the biggest problem … this is a horrendously made film and it doesn’t come close to doing justice to such an intriguing true life story.
On the bright side, I found both the film score and the costumes to be spot on, and of the highest quality.
SEE THIS MOVIE IF: you are mentally strong enough to overlook the modern day story that muddies the water of the far more interesting historical romance.
SKIP THIS MOVIE IF: you bet the odds that Madonna would become a first rate movie director.
watch the trailer: