Yes, I am one of those people. I am smitten with the epic romance of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII. I love getting swept up in their historical relationship and find both people to be fascinating. I FULLY realize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm (especially living in the UK!).
I will admit that not having lived during during WWII or under a monarchy growing up, I don’t quite understand the feelings of Brits. However, to my mind, they were mesmerizing characters. Not to mention fashion icons of their day. Say what you will, Wallis had style. Many will argue that it was just a beautiful façade…nevertheless it was beautiful. And, do any of us ever really know the truth about another person or their private life?
I loved Madonna’s W.E. and thought Andrea Riseborough truly captured Wallis’ spirit. I was not sure what to expect given the reviews, but I love every moment. The movie is a visual feast and was a welcome escape from the every day. I honestly believe that if the reviewers/critics had seen the film as if it were a blind wine tasting (i.e. not knowing of Madonna’s involvement) it would have received different reviews. The clothing alone is worth the price of admission. Costume designer Arianne Phillips worked with such labels as Cartier, Dior, and Dunhill for the 60 or so wardrobe changes in the film. All in all I adore this film. I would love to hear your thoughts.