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…
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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Unless you live under a rock you've already heard that Michelle Williams is amazing in this as Marilyn Monroe.
Boring. Not every story needs telling. Nothing to see here. She wont come to the set rinse and repeat. Boring no mance with star struck assistance. She didn't look like Marilyn either, but nailed the voice. A chore to me and I enjoy Marilyn films. To me the 7 years age difference seemed like even more. Felt very cougarish. And the makeup was creepy at times.
really charming film that is well made and is actually a rather good biopic. the story is perhaps a little thin, but its not so thin that it drags. fantastic performances, Michelle Williams portrays Marilyn fantastically, very believable, Kenneth Branagh also does equally well as Sir Laurence Olivier. Overall i think it was very good, better than Hitchcock
The definition of "milquetoast."
Enchanted by the world of cinema and determined to work in the field, bright-eyed Colin Clark lands a job on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," a romantic comedy shot in England starring Marilyn Monroe and Lawrence Oliver. As the third assistant director, Colin is sent to odds and ends for those higher and more important than him, but a benefit of the job is that he is privy to the endless incidents of behind-the-scenes drama that occurred on the set. It's no secret that "The Prince and the Showgirl" was a troubled production, and there are plenty of entertaining scenes of Branagh throwing tantrums when things do go wrong. Colin and Marilyn begin spending more time together,…
Enjoyable, although a little flat.
At the heart of it, there isn't much to it, and it doesn't leave you with much to think about. But it was an interesting insight into the film's production, and the portrayal by Michelle Williams is enough to see the film.
The best way to describe the film is interesting. It always keeps you engaged, but when it ends you start to realise that really nothing happened. It was a very small movie on a very small timeline, but the one thing that it succeeded at was the portrayal of Marilyn. It showed the dark side to her life- the foreshadowing of what was to follow, but it never distracted from the film itself.…
surprised how much I got into this film through michelle's performance
at the core, every person is human and longing for relationships and care
Light, fast paced and entertaining, yet thoroughly mediocre. Many of the performances are a bit over the top, but Michelle Williams is absolutely perfect. She brings an energy that the entire film could have used. As it stands, "My Week with Marilyn" is a decent look at a Hollywood legend, though there isn't really much that makes it standout outside of Williams.
Watching Michelle as Marilyn was almost like watching Marilyn herself.
My Week with Marilyn is the kind of film that is trying to be oscar bait.
It follows one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Marilyn Monroe, and puts her in England.
The film shows Marilyn at her lowest, during the filming of the film The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier.
Marilyn can't act, is always late, needs her acting coach to even deliver to most simple line and causes tension around the set.
To help her off the studio, Marilyn befriends Colin Clark, a third assistant director, who she likes and they share their time off the filming together.
Colin falls in love with Marilyn, in the end helps her finish the movie, while also learning about himself. She…