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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.
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…
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.
Ελληνικός τίτλος: Επτά μέρες με τη Μαίρυλιν
Marilyn Monroe was a manipulative wolf in sheep's clothing, with no regard for the effects of her wild behavior. She is also the most charming woman, debatably in all of American history. I wonder how many other little boy hearts were broken by her before she went.
This kid Colin hooked up with Marilyn Monroe on his first gig in the industry. That right there is proof enough that he would go far in life.
The whole duration of the film was just me being sad about Marilyn and her pills and her unhappiness. She had a persona to keep up and it ultimately killed her. It kills me thinking about it.
Anywho, Eddie Redmayne is the darnedest cutie I've…
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Michelle Williams' performance was amazing and the film was made beautifully. Don't remember too much unfortunately because it's been nearly a year since I've seen the film, but I do remember thoroughly enjoying this.
I fell in love with both Collin and Marilyn. Light but passionate love story. The impulsivity, restlessness, dedication and determination of a young boy discovering adult life. The nervous, insecure, sensitive, honest and brilliant nature of the most beautiful and talented actress of all time. Convincing characters. A mass of very different individuals, incompatible or bound to each other, trying to function together, in a life where everybody wants to do best. And the result is this beautiful and charming scenery representing a fierce but lovely period, impregnated with love, jealousy and most of all imagination.
Fairly tiresome, and made by Kenneth Branagh, it seems, so he can finally be Olivier instead of just someone compared to him.
This is the story of what 'really' happened during the shooting of 'The Prince and the Showgirl' when Laurence Olivier (Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) teamed on the screen for the first and only time in a screenplay written by Terence Rattigan.
It's Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) who spends a week with the troubled star, though, and although he is only a film student and a set runner he is invited into her inner circle and her bed. Trivia fans might like to note that Clark is the brother of that noted lothario British politician, Alan Clark,…
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"My Week With Marilyn" gives us a glimpse into a world we can only imagine, shared with people we only know as legends, through the eyes of a young man who knew he didn't belong but desperately wanted to and, through pluck and luck, found himself hobnobbing with cinema's elite. The film cannily establishes this young man as our sympathetic and amusing hero before granting us entree into the world of his and our dreams. The light humor remains through the film but parts occasionally to let us experience the heartbreaking insecurity and desperation of one of cinemas most revered stars as well as the devastation that fell on those she touched.
Michelle Williams' portrayal of Marilyn is a wonder.
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