Love her or not, one admirable factor about Madonna is that she has never stopped being the Material Girl. She’s doing this at 54 and she’ll likely keep it up at 84.
Accordingly, she can smell a fellow Material Girl thousands of miles off and even from another century. You can almost sense the two of them exchanging big, toothy smiles and a nice little hug, somewhere in an ether-world of Material Girldom. “W.E.” is the culmination of that hug: Madonna’s second feature film (following the disastrous “Filth and Wisdom” in 2008), centered around Wallis Simpson, who was Britain’s postwar Duchess of Windsor.