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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
Being a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, I was incredibly interested to see how The Screen Icon would be portrayed in this film, I wasn't disappointed.
Although this British film doesn't have the heavyweight actors of Tinker, Tailor, it does underline to Hollywood how our actors bring something different to a film that makes you engage with the characters on the screen and not feel the need for an explosion every five minutes to keep you from forgetting that there is no storyline.
Michelle Williams brilliantly introduces you to the most famous woman in the world and makes you fall in love with her, just as Colin Clark does and did. We see a woman who became everyone's favourite actress,…
Despite looking really nothing like her, Michelle Williams absolutely nails her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunately, the film is hampered by Redmayne's Colin Clark, through whose eyes the entire story is told: he is uninteresting, and the way Monroe touched his life is vapid, and even a bit silly. So, despite very good work from many involved, this adds up to much less than the sum of its parts.
This is an awkward one to review. On the one hand there's a wonderfully endearing quality to the film. Eddie Redmayne proves his versatility after playing the conflicted monk in Christopher Smith's "Black Death", since he now plays the privileged aristocrat overflowing with enthusiasm for the possibility of working on a film. While it's clear that his eventual role owes something to his family ties, the way he constantly puts in extra effort to be seen as worthy in that role makes him a very charming character.
On the other hand, not an awful lot happens in this movie. I suppose this is a similar complaint to what I had with The Messenger, but I feel it's even harder to…
Michelle Williams performance is top-notch. She captures both the self-destructive and fragile side of Marilyn as the icon side. She's perfect.
In which... Michelle Williams is lost into the role of Marilyn without question, when the rest of the film plods it's way along... not bad, not great, but definitely scores higher thanks to Williams' work.
Michelle Williams estupenda, Kenneth Branagh sobresaliente y Julia Ormond muy destacable como Vivien Leigh, así como la puesta en escena; muy sencilla pero que te ubica perfectamente en el tiempo y espacio, en general la película esta bien, también puede ayudar que me suelen entretener mucho estas películas de cine dentro del cine.
Pero no llega a convertirse en una obra de mayor enjundia ya que no profundiza mucho en casi nada de lo que cuenta: ni en la produccion que esta filmando, ni en la relación que vive el don nadie que narra la película, ni mucho menos en el "lado oscuro" de Marilyn de la cual cuentan muchas cosas pero lo máximo que hacemos es verla medio adormecida…
Rich boy gets the poon.
Or, why Jennifer Lawrence will never, ever be your bestie. Michelle Williams can get it, though, and why it took this long for Branagh to play Olivier is beyond me. The film takes the wrong tone, however. Where it should embrace Hitchcockian squick at the cultural vice which builds up and casts down the feminine Icon, it has a rosy, comfortable fondness for the Hollywood machine behind that process - embodied in our gawping protagonist. Which is okay, I guess, and leads to some meticulous production values. But there's a difference between really liking Some Like It Hot and not even questioning how fucked up and complicit we all are when we turn Monroe into some kind of Greek tragic heroine who could only impart her beauty and gifts through an engine that would crush her very soul.
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