Before I tell you about my current DVD watching, I want to remind you that you can email questions to me that I'll answer on Fridays. Or, more interesting, Lola will answer. Additionally, if anyone ever wants to write another What is Love? What is Intimacy? guest post, then please feel free to do so. I ran out of the guest posts, but I'd be happy to take up the series again. I thought your answers were fascinating.
Now, the first movie is W.E. When I saw it had been directed by Madonna, I thought, Ugh. She was married to a director so now she thinks she's a director.
My ugh was wrong. I loved W.E. This historical biopic is called W.E. because that's how Wallis Simpson and Edward the VIII referred to themselves. The story of Wallis and Edward intertwines with characters living in New York during the 1990s.
Wally Winthrop is fascinated by the great romance between Wallis and David (Edward) and haunts the auction of their belongings. As she examines the things accumulated over many years of marriage, the film switches to vignettes in the life of Wallis. Wally becomes disenchanted with her V.I.P. doctor husband, falls in love with a Russian security guard at the auction exhibit, and gradually learns that perhaps Wallis did not have the perfect life.
This photo is of the real Wallis and David following their marriage.
I have two words for this movie, however, and neither one is ugh. My words are lush and stylish. This film is beautifully made and recreates the scandalous Wallis and David period with accuracy, for the most part. The score is also gorgeous.
I must say, though, that you youngsters who didn't like Midnight in Paris probably won't like W.E. unless you're interested in the unusual historical event of the abdication of an English king and what it was like for the woman he couldn't live without, or you absolutely adore everything Madonna does.
I'm not a big Madonna fan, but I hope she directs more movies as good as W.E.
As I write this, I'm watching the new to DVD remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I've never liked spy movies, and so far, this one is no exception, in spite of Colin Firth's brief presence. Even if I got to see more of Colin, I don't think I could be interested in this movie. If Colin were naked, it might up my interest level, but thus far, he's fully clothed.
I could cobble together an explanation of the plot of this movie, but it would be stupidly written. I simply can't feel interested in it.
But, I don't like to give up on a movie. It's kind of like executing the film. It can't redeem itself if I turn it off after 20 or 30 minutes. Since I have the patience that comes with age, I'll finish the darn movie. If my opinion changes for the better (which would mean I saw Colin naked), I'll let you know.
Infinities of love,
Johnny and Ryan, I love you, but you must make room on the pedestal for Colin.