What a beautiful dream of a movie. I was slightly worried, because allow me to be the first and only person to say: I just don’t really like Madonna all that much. Catchy songs? Sure! That’s about it. I’m tired of her shock antics. The first scene in the movie is very shock-antic-like, and I had a sudden feeling of terror that her direction may have ruined this film about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor with her “Madonna”ness. Lucky for all of us, that is the only scene in the film that really feels forced, and though I find it misplaced in the movie, the rest of the film is absolutely stunning.
The story follows the relationship of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but told through the eyes of a modern day girl also named Wallis. Modern day Wally, played by Abbie Cornish, is a breath-taking modern day view on a trophy wife, having married a very rich doctor. Wally, named after Wallis Simpson, become obsessed with Simpson when the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s items are sold at the New York Sotheby’s auction. Wally spends every day at the exhibit, and the story of Wallis Simpson’s life unfolds.
It is easy to become completely obsessed with Wallis Simpson, her eccentric character shining through Andrea Riseborough’s uncanny depiction. The movie is a visual feast of 1930s costume and makeup, it left me pining for my red lipstick.
I cannot say enough good things about this movie. I usually trust Rotten Tomatoes, but I cannot believe it got a 13%. I think the movie was easy to hate because Madonna directed it, and I personally found it was highly underrated. It’s on netflix, so if you even had the slightest inkling to watch it, I suggest you do!