The first thing to know about this film is that it was directed by Madonna, her second attempt at directing a feature film.
The second thing to know is that while Madonna is creative and artistic, she should respectfully decline to direct films.
W. E. tells of the romance of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII (get it?). Wallis is the American woman, twice divorced, for whom Edward gave up his throne in Britain in 1936. This narrative is told from the perspective of Wallis, something we have not seen much of. If you enjoyed The King’s Speech, you will enjoy this storyline within the film.
The other storyline in the film follows the young woman named Wally who is abused in her marriage, much like Wallis was in her first marriage. Wally seems to have a fascination with Wallis and her life, all while her marriage seems to fall apart and she begins to fall in love in with a security guard.
This additional story line only confuses matters. By adding this second story line the film jumps from mood to mood, scene to scene, even era to era. All this jumping reminds one of a music video. Maybe Madonna should stick to what she knows.
The bad news is that because of all of the music video-esque techniques, neither storyline really gets developed. And this is truly tragic. Madonna is on to something here, especially with the storyline of Wallis and Edward.
If you want a Royal Family drama, go ahead and rent The King’s Speech. If, on the other hand, you prefer to watch a trainwreck of a plot go ahead and rent W. E.