Iconic singing legend Madonna has added many strings to her bow throughout the three decade span of her career. It started with a meteoric pop career but has expanded to include books, documentaries, soundtracks, acting, fashion, writing and, her most recent passion, directing movies.
Her latest film, in which she has both co written as well as directed, follows the love story of Wallis Simpson and the King of England. It has had a staggered release with showings at the Venice Film Festival as well as New York and Los Angeles and has been greeted with what could only be described, at best, as mixed reviews.
The film is released next month in the UK but will not be released in France until March. Reviews aside this film will be worth viewing for two main reasons; one, it is a Madonna film and two, parts of it were shot on our very own French Riviera.
Madonna and crew spent several weeks in Villefranche-sur-mer and one thing that the critics can agree on is that W.E. is beautifully filmed.
Madonna will always draw harsh criticism, she seems only to be forgiven for her music career and not given an inch regarding her other creative intents. However, in much the same way as we love the Transporter series of films, which are hardly of Shakespearean worth, W.E. will be added to our list of movies through whose eyes we can view our favourite South of France coastline, the French Riviera.