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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.
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…
I've never been a huge fan of Marilyn Monroe but I thought it would be interesting to give this a watch and I was not disappointed. Especially with Michelle Williams playing Marilyn. As well as Eddie Redmayne (who has become one of my new favorite actors, ever). He is incredibly wonderful at acting and his chemistry with Michelle Williams is fantastic.
The film is centered around Marilyn Monroe getting a part in Sir Laurence Olivier's new film. She arrives on set to meet Eddie Redmayne's character (Colin) who is his assistant. They build an unforgettable friendship and helps Marilyn through her troubles but ends up getting his heart broken by her (as many did while she was alive).
The movie was extremely slow all the way till the middle and I was a little annoyed by that. The soundtrack made up for most of the film's dull moments. It had great music throughout and really added to the movie's quality.
Worth it for Michelle Williams' performance alone, this also made a nice pairing with 2014's Frank. Both films mused on art and emotional instability, the cost of genius, and the personas and masks we put on to deal with our surroundings.
And did I mention Michelle Williams basically channels Marilyn Monroe?
No if Eddie Redmayne would stop being so dang smiley all the time...
Although Redmayne and Williams' relationship is pretty forced and seems fake, they both deliver very good performances. Especially Williams who, through makeup, made me believe she literally was Monroe throughout the entire film. Branagh's supporting role as Olivier is equally good. Yet there are some uneeded subplots throughout the film (like Redmayne's first relationship with Watson) and I wish the characters were a little more opened up at the beginning. But it was a very entetaining and enjoyable film but most likely will end up being pretty forgettable.
Colin Clark shares memories from his first film production and his first love, Marilyn Monroe, in this portrait of an terribly fragile and lonely woman.
" All people ever see is Marilyn Monroe. As soon as they realize I'm not her, they run. "
Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.
Michelle Williams nailed her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, She literally became her. I was blown away by how realistic and sincere she was in this film. She embodied Marilyn's voice, walk and overall demeanor. When I watch an actor I expect to see the character the actor is portraying, if an actor can give me that and make me believe that they are there character, Then they deserve a standing ovation.
The story is excellent and…
Having only first seen a film starring Marilyn herself only a month ago, I am pretty unfamiliar with the actress herself, besides the basics of her life and death. I found this film compelling, and was impressed by Michelle Williams's performance. I know I've read numerous reviews complaining of her looks not coming close to Marilyn's, but I did not notice. In fact, I found myself in awe of the resemblance. Susan Griffiths may have looked more like the images of Marilyn Monroe we've been saturated with, but Michelle Williams portrayal brings the larger than life icon to a more realistic state.
As the case with most bio-pics, I did find myself questioning how much of this really happened. It makes an interesting film if you can get past this and accept it for what it is.
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