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My Week with Marilyn
Sometimes You Just Need to Get Away
Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin's intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress.
Friendly reminder: Michelle Williams is the best American actress working today. Nobody comes close; she is a fucking godsend to contemporary cinema and we are very lucky to have her with us, gracing the silver screen on a timely basis. With that said, I turn my thoughts to My Week with Marilyn, Simon Curtis’ prosaic yet sprightly biopic of legendary Hollywood movie star Marilyn Monroe focusing on her 1957 collaboration with Shakespearean thespian-cum-filmmaker Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl. It’s based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, Olivier’s third assistant director (a.k.a. gofer) at the time who had a fleeting, wistful fling with the screen goddess during her stay in Britain. I often found myself questioning the veracity…
This is a film that seems entirely created for an American audience who like to see us Brits being oh so eccentrically British. It has that nauseating warm glow of a TV period drama and lays on the quaint charms of Britain with a trowel making it a syrupy and rather irritating experience. It may have an impressive cast of big name actors but they can’t save a film that is this frothy and bland. The real travesty about My Week with Marilyn though is that Michelle William’s brilliant performance is in this film and not in something more worthy of her talents. There have been many screen interpretations of Marilyn Monroe over the years and most are so wrapped…
I'm sorry Mr. Brannagh, I'm sure your performance was stunning, but I sort of missed it.
Mrs Williams was far too busy channelling Marilyn.
Which made me feel really funny inside.
Michelle Williams, you are my new movie princess.
I saw this one some months back in the theater, and I loved it. It takes but a few minutes to get into Williams as Marilyn. The director wisely gives us a musical number for the first part of the film, to introduce us to the character. But the time Marilyn's done singing, we have forgotten Michelle. There is only Marilyn.
She's sexy, funny, confused, crazy, manipulative, childlike, jaded, and very very sad. Williams makes us believe all of it. I know she gets a lot flack for taking on such an iconic character -- and it was a daring choice for her. But there's no question in my mind that she…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My weak drama with Marilyn
This was simply a gripping and beautiful film. Just loved it.
In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband. The actress Michelle Williams who played Marilyn Monroe give that actress a Oscar for her Incredible acting and the rest of the cast in the movie and the crew are all awesome.
C'mon now, Marilyn just wants to be loved by you.
I thought she made a great Marilyn. And Eddie was brilliant as always. Story-wise, not too interesting though.
My Week with Marilyn British film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges. Starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, Emma Watson and Judi Dench. Based on 2 books by Colin Clark, film depicts the production and making of film 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. Film premiered at the New York Film Festival on 9 October 2011. Film received several prestigious nominations, including Best Actress Oscar nomination for Michelle Williams, winning only the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy Motion Picture).
Somewhere I had read that, people who never knew Monroe at all, or had no acquaintance with her; for them…
Poor, paper thin characters. Williams doing a half decent impression.
True or not true, it’s an entertaining story, well acted, especially by Michelle Williams in the role of Marilyn. The entire film is “bigger than life” in much the same way Monroe herself was. Kudos to all involved. If you love cinema, see it.
Very good film with an outstanding performance by Michelle Williams. Kenneth Branagh great as well. This has been on my watchlist for a few months. Never really had great expectations but it somehow surprised me in a good way. Very authentic, great cinematography.
My week with a typical British ensemble
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- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
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A list of films about filmmaking. Suggestions are more than welcome.
Documentaries (and batteries) not included.
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Wolf of Wall Street
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