starring: Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough
genre: Drama, Historical, Romance
format: Shaw Video On Demand
plot: A girl becomes obsessed with the story of how King Edward the VIII gave up the throne for the woman he loved back in the 1930's.
This had the potential to be a really great movie, only it ended up being a disappointing mess.
The big issue with this movie is that it doesn't have any sort of collective timeline. It would have been one thing for it to jump from past to present if those jumps were not sometimes only a few seconds. It felt more like a music video then movie. In fact, the trailer was cut to a better timeline then the actual film was.
I think I would have started the movie with the ending scene, of the lead character reading the personal letters then had the flash backs connecting it all rather then the flipping and flopping between the past to present.
Also, you're left a bit confused as to wither the present storyline is fiction or based on a true story as well as the past storyline? I would have liked to have seen something in the end notes or opening credits saying if the stuff that happens in 1998 were based on fact.
what do i think i learned from this film?
History sometimes should be dealt with by a straight up biography. Love should be a gift, it should be freedom not a prison.