Well, it didn’t take long for those knives to come out…


With the popcorn barely trodden into the carpet at this morning’s screening of W.E. at the Venice Film Festival, the posh papers – who really couldn’t bear it if Madonna turned out to be as clever as they are – have already laid into her.

Now, we have not seen this film but one star? One fricking star? While they give Almodovar’s pile of shite The Skin I Live In four? (Sorry, but has Almodovar made a decent film in the last six? We’d like to say he has but he seems to have let his sense of humour fall through a hole in his pocket somewhere around Talk To Her.)

But back to Madonna. We do not believe, not for one instant, that this is a one-star film. But to quote The Guardian, as we so rarely do: ‘Could it be that Madonna is in deadly earnest here? If so, her film is more risible than we had any right to expect; a primped and simpering folly, the turkey that dreamed it was a peacock.’

Risible? Primped? Simpering? Folly? Has someone been reading Alan Hollinghurst books around here or was it written by Downtown Abbey’s Lady Grantham?

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9 comments to “Well, it didn’t take long for those knives to come out…”

  1. But can you *make* people forget the bad explosions?

    She’s an absolute hack when it comes to the acting and even worse with the directing. One star sounds generous. They credit her musical abilities in the review but come on. She is known to be an horrendous actress /director.

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  2. I intend to hold off on my bitter, venomous, verbose, and highly Hollingshursty condemnations of this utter waste of footage film until I have at least had the chance to not see it at a local theatre.

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  3. She’s only directed one short before this, so it’s hardly a body of work to judge her on. I find it depressing that people – you two up there – feel you don’t even need to see something to have an opinion. A strong one.

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  4. my friend rang me from the Festival – and apparently, they generally loved it. This is NOT a documentary. It’s fiction based on historical events.

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  5. i just wish she’d sod off once and for all really… music, acting, directing, cradle snatching… i really don’t care. she’s a vile harridan with a face like powdered cling film and the hands of a navvie. and, before someone says it, she is NOT my glorious leader and never has been.

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  6. Anthony, have a lie down love. It’s not good for you.

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  7. I’m with antony. She may be YGL, but she’s certainly not MGL.

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  8. *Smirks* at you all talking about her like she’s at all still relevant

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  9. I’m so with Antony! She’s soooo last century!!! And enough of the acting and directing!! Very Pia Zadora!!

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