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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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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…
me: eddie redmayne is just an average white boy lol
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The imagination is a fun place to visit. Williams portrayal is magnetic and wounded. Lending one to believe Marilyn really did have something that bordered on unexplainable. Surrounded by people who couldn't help but be devoured by her presence. She was a shooting star everyone wanted to be a part of even when they knew the moment would be fleeting and snuffed out quickly. As she would shine in someone else's world tomorrow. The perfect compliment is Raymond's boyish attraction of first love towards her. Slowly provoking his most naive and earnest longing.
Who thought this was a story worth telling as a film? A cinematic fart on almost all fronts, in which a talented cast is wasted because of a completely uninspired screenplay. No one could have make this work.
To me in this film I think Marilyn is a sort of symbol for what each character wanted in life their hopes and dreams. Let's start with the director he wanted to be with her and feel young again and be more successful he wanted to also be like Marilyn thus maybe why all the aggression toward her. Now Colin he was to me I think infatuated with the whole dream of living in the world of the movies and wanting to be a part of something big and he obviously became infatuated with Marilyn leaving Lucy the girl he was seeing. Some beautifully done shots. Eddie redmayne was beautiful as ever every scene with him really comes to life. He makes it his own so authentic. Some beautiful shots of cinema.
This film belongs to the actors. WIlliams channels Monroe (you can't take your eyes off of her), while Branagh does an entertaining Olivier and Dench gives a quality turn as Dame Sybil. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is dull, dull, dull. The "Gee Golly, The 50s Were a Magical Time" tone grates from the very beginning.
Sweet, well-balanced account of a clash of cinematic titans dwarfs its mundane coming-of-age story, but diverting and classily performed.
The greatest and most accurate portrayal of Marilyn Monroe ever to be put on screen. Argue me I dare you
A thoroughly enjoyable albeit improbable (but true!) romance between two people portrayed by two lovely actors.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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