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My Week with Marilyn
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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…
The performances by Williams and Branagh were great. A good rental, at the very least.
At times light-hearted, frothy and frivolous while also warm, concerned and reflective, My Week with Marilyn is a dazzling-yet-lite showcase for Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) who successfully overcame the rumors of being "terribly miscast" as the title character to instead shine as the world's most famous movie star.
Focusing on the short period of time -- more than a week, ahem -- Marilyn Monroe was in London, England filming The Prince and the Showgirl in 1957, the audience is given a glimpse of Ms. Monroe -- who had just recently married her longtime crush, American playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott - Enigma) -- and her personal demons of longing to be loved and accepted as a genuinely talented actress as…
Telling the story behind the making of The Prince and the Showgirl through the eyes of a young production hand, this movie drips with both nostalgia and humanity, without straying into the realms of mawkish sentimentality.
We have a veritable who's who of British talent on show, from Judi Dench to Toby Jones, all lending solid support to the main players.
Kenneth Branagh paints a conflicted picture as Sir Laurence Olivier, on the one hand railing against a new method of performing while on the other terrified of losing his place in the world.
Eddie Redmayne as Colin, a wide eyed young man whose very world is rocked to the core, is a masterclass in optimism tamed by reality. He…
Rise of the Redmayne. A lot of eh and meh in this film. Branagh gives my favorite performance with his appropriate ham for what all cinephiles know as the Ultimate Ham Actor.
A neat little look into what Marilyn was like. I didn't know much about her before and I'm glad I didn't know her personally. Neurotic bitch would annoy me to death.
Williams is better than I expected in the title role, but she's still too damn skinny. Redmayne is irritatingly ingratiating as the gofer who becomes Marilyn's new pal. I hated his toothy grin and weird lips that looked like slices of liver. I don't really know what to say about these Brit movies that come off as tarted up Masterpiece Theater; they're all very competent and well-acted and pleasant enough to kill some time with. I guess this review could serve for THE IRON LADY as well--the scenes with Maggie losing her mind are much more interesting than the very standard TV-movie bio stuff. 5/10 for both.
My Week with Marilyn is a tame biopic about Marilyn Monroe's time during the production of a film in England. The film follows the turbulence of her relationship with the cast, her entourage, and her husband as a young man looks on and falls in love with the starlet. The movie is tame in the sense that it only lightly touches on Monroe's issues involving drug abuse, and instead focuses on her crippling anxiety that sometimes made her troublesome to work with. Michelle Williams is wonderful as Marilyn Monroe and presents the full charm of the actress. And although the film is tame, it is also quite enjoyable. It has enough whimsy and charm to carry a movie that struggles with themes and pacing.
Pleasant film with nice performances. Nothing of much importance or drama happens during the course of the film, but Monroe is an interesting enough figure and Williams is engaging throughout.
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