Sunday, December 11, 2011

W.E. is Brilliant - *UPDATE


I saw W.E. on Friday and it is beyond fabulous. As we all know, different rules apply to Madonna than for other 'celebrities', so I don't know what the Not of This World expectation was this time around. As a director, Madonna has a unique vision and style. W.E. is a feminine piece of cinema written, directed and produced by a woman who single handedly changed feminism, Madonna Louise Ciccone. So bow for that alone.

I was skeptical about the double tiered story but Madonna cleverly weaves that beautifully with visually stunning camera work, cinematography and keeping a great pace. I didn't prefer one story over the other for they are one. For example, in one scene Wally is eavesdropping on a conversation Wallis is having. Great lines within. Wallis (Andrea Wiseborough) is delicious to watch with all her impish mannerisms and I really fell in love with Wally (Abbie Cornish), a vision of loveliness. I was drawn into each love story thoroughly, including the one between Wally and Wallis. And Evengi (Oscar Isaac) is not tough look at, I can assure you.

I was fascinated with connecting the dots with all the Madonna's we have known for the last 28 years. For a moment in the film while Wally is going through Wallis' items at Sotheby's auction house, I imagined that would be like us fans, years from now, seeing Madonna's items in a museum. Like Filth and Wisdom, it's interesting to me that Madonna creates characters that are a slice of the Madonna pie. I think all fans will have a good time uncovering and discovering of which era certain scenes echo.

Now playing at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood for a week.


Click HERE for tickets

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UPDATE* 12.12.11 12:38 PST

The legendary Joan Collins twittered about W.E.


Slant Magazine Review HERE

19 comments:

  1. Great to read your review! So glad you enjoyed it!!

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  2. I'm so happy you saw and loved it. I love reading you're review. You really wrote well puddy.
    I know it will be clever film and I cant wait to see it when it comes to the east coast!

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  4. Nice to hear from a Madonna fan that the film is good. I'll see it in Feb.

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  5. I saw it on Friday as well! It was so beautiful. The entire film was engaging and beautifully told. You can tell it was directed by a woman, because only a woman could have directed W.E.

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  6. Pud...don't forget to tell us what the studio version of "masterpiece" is like!!!!

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  7. We already know what the studio version of, 'Masterpiece' sounds like. I leaked it on this site a few days ago!

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  8. tony i'm late to this party whoops!

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  9. jeremy, hearing masterpiece in the theater booming through is phenomenal. you can really hear her voice.

    more great things as they come. she used REAL archival footage of wallis and edward and it worked so well, she brought those b/w images to life.

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  10. i'm looking forward to seeing it in Feb too. I tried to see it in NY, but no such luck. there were not public presentations of the film. Sigh...

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  11. totally agree, Pud! I was blown away... every moment of the film is a visual feast and Andrea Riseborough is mesmerizing to watch on-screen! still can't believe you were three rows behind me :)

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  12. Eek!

    Sounds like u were stalking poor Pud.

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  13. Oh Tony, don't you ever get tired of yourself? It's cute how much I intimidate you.

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  14. Someone who doesnt even use their real first name intimidates me? Really??

    lol. Okay, 'Slide' ;)

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  15. Eek! Your birth certificate says: 'Slide'?

    When you can chat using your real name, I will take you more seriously. :)

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  16. As usual, Tony brings so much to the topic at hand. His critical insight and inspiring comments are enlightening! what did you think of the movie Tony? we all know you are obsessed with MY comments. :)

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  17. Yes, I am obsessed with negativity! Hence me always replying to you. :)

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