First Look: Abbie Cornish In Madonna’s ‘W.E.’

Madonna‘s second directorial attempt W.E. has premiered at the Venice Film Festival to intriguingly terrible reviews.

IndieWire‘s Shane Danielsen writes: “Madonna’s “W.E.” has to be seen to be believed, since even the most well-chosen words falter before its galactic-level awfulness. Yet there I was, like everybody else, positively glued to my seat throughout.”

“Not since Lee Daniels’ “Shadowboxer” have I seen something so utterly wretched on every level, yet so absolutely compelling. It’s a new high-camp classic – like “Johnny Guitar,” except without the talent.”


It’s a shame to hear the movie is so shite, because we were looking forward to seeing the very talented Australian actress Abbie Cornish get some attention after her beautiful performance in Jane Campion’s Bright Star (2009) was largely ignored in awards season that year.

We’re guessing W.E. probably isn’t destined to be the movie that will bring anyone great acclaim. Take a look at the first clip that has emerged featuring Cornish who plays New York socialite Wally Winthrop, a woman obsessed with the love story between King Edward VIII and the woman for whom he abdicated the British throne, Wallis Simpson.