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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…
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Review In A Nutshell:
Marilyn Monroe. Such a significant figure in within and outside cinema. Many admire her, many hate her, many lusts for her, but nobody could ever understand her. There is only one person in the entire world who could give us the answers to our question of "Who is Marilyn Monroe?” which is Marilyn herself. My Week with Marilyn allows its audience to gain a deeper insight in the titular character, showing the cracks of her presumed flawless exterior. Before seeing this film, I have always thought of Monroe as purely a sex symbol for women to admire to in regards to their physical appearance, but seeing a number…
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.
Colin Clark's book is brought to life by a wonderful cast and beautiful period detail. The story, true or not, presents a fairly believable and sympathetic view of the legendary actress. It's all too easy to single out Michelle Williams for her performance ... it's done with sensitivity and believability but without straying into caricature. And yet that's not the whole story... there's really a remarkable group effort here from a cast of notables, each of whom adds to the charm of the film. The only flaw worth mentioning is that it drags a bit here and there, but otherwise it's a fairly satisfying story, one that's not just about Marilyn, it's also quite a nice coming of age piece as well as an interesting look at a bit of film history.
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…
"Shall I be her?"
The phrase "Based On A True Story" is a funny thing.
If the movie that proclaims it is good enough, you're too engrossed to question where truth ends and fiction begins.
But if the movie ISN'T good enough, then you find yourself getting distracted and annoyed by the constant niggling doubts piling up in your mind as you wonder just how much of the movie is made-up bollocks.
'My Week With Marilyn' is mostly the former example, with occasional detours into the latter.
At its worst (or rather, its most not-good, because the film isn't terrible in the least), it falls victim to predictability, workmanlike biopic-ness, sometimes sacrificing subtlety by making text what was previously…
this is actually the second time i watched this movie. funnily enough, this is the first time i actually caught and identified with her anxiety, overthinking and self esteem issues, causing her to falter, stumble, do everything that she's not supposed to do, unable to catch instructions and underperform on the film set. watching her unable to get out of bed because of her nerves and how she wants to escape the situation by sleeping and sleeping but she knows in reality she can't. i can also identify at how she wants to be protected, loved and fixed by the man she loves but in the end, the man realises that he can't help/fix her and she is distraught because…
Michelle Williams shines in the lead role, even if the rest of the film isn't always so successful.
I LOVED THIS FILM!!! I REALLY LOVE THIS FILM!!! WOW! Michelle Williams is INCREDIBLY AMAZING in it, and considering how large my love for Eddie Redmayne is, I loved having him in it!
Thin and insipid - more of a dressed up TV drama than a movie.
The film was well done and put together. It is a fun getaway where we get a small glimpse of life in the late '50s. All performances were well done. The one fault is that it was a bit too fragmentary. None of the characters are fully explored, we only get glimpses into Marilyn, Laurence, Dame Sybil and Vivien. The film is told from the perspective of a third assistant director, but even the character of Colin is barely explored. It seemed like there was indecisiveness between how much to explore the famous screen legends or the life of a simple assistant. Nevertheless, it is a fun movie with good performances.
A nice British films with nice British production design and nice British actors (well, apart from Michelle Williams). Also, baby Eddie Redmayne.
Creo que cuando pasen los años se va a recordar a Michelle en este papel. Es cautivante y su belleza está explotada al máximo, casi te crees que es Marylin. Hermosa y sincera.
I will take a movie like "My week with Marilyn", or "Hyde Park on Hudson" with all their flaws and shortcomings over "The Last Emperor" or "Ray"... Any day.
This film only proves that I don't have to sit through a birth-to-death biopic paced like a wikipedia article to learn something about Marilyn Monroe. What I prefer is a story, where I could observe this character in a slice of her life, because at least I don't have to struggle through what could only be pain for the screenwriters, who'd be obligated to otherwise include every single fucking miserable detail in the person's life and put it on the screen.
Thankfully, "My week with Marilyn" is what the title suggests,…
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