The romantic and inspired tale of a man willing to give up an empire for love as told by...Madonna?  That’s right folks, we’re checking out the new to Blu-ray tale "W.E.," out now from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company.  Follow the review of real-life love below. 




   Title: "W.E."

   Grade: 2 1/2

   Cast: Abbie Cornish, Oscar Issac, James D’Arcy

   Director: Madonna

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 119 minutes

   Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment/Weinstein Company




The Flick: The main problem with Madonna’s costume opus is not the lush look (she captures the period quite well!), the inspired acting (James D’Arcy and Andrea Riseborough capture Edward VII and his controversial American divorcee lover with passionate fervor!) nor the memorable music.  It’s the fact that there’s an overabundance of all of the above and, in true Madonna fashion, every fascinating facet is probed and squeezed until there is no life left in the piece.  It’s as if someone told Madonna the longer the story, the better.  Trim this strange titled work down (Hey, Weinstein bros - you made Guillermo del Toro trim "Mimic," so what gives?!), lose half of the modern Abbie Cornish victim storyline and add a little style finesse like former husband Guy Ritchie and you’d have a British romance that even the hardened Queen would give the thumbs up to.   

Best Feature: 'The Making of W.E.' has some cohesive chatter from Madonna, but a commentary track with a moderator would have made this one a royal event.

Best Hidden Gem: Loved the stern security guard with a soft inside played by "Sucker Punch" baddie Oscar Issac.

Worth the Moola: Again, Madonna has a good eye and definite ability behind the camera, she just needs to get rid of the yes men- when in doubt cut it out.