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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.
Unless you live under a rock you've already heard that Michelle Williams is amazing in this as Marilyn Monroe.
It's hard to find words that describe the tender, bittersweet satisfaction I felt by the end of My Week with Marilyn. I suppose it's like coming to grips with your first heartbreak, it's a punch to the gut but you're at least beginning to accept that she's gone and it's time to pick up your life again. This is why I think a lot of men will relate to this movie, and using one of the most beloved and astonishingly beautiful women to have ever lived as the central character's interest, only makes the power of the story all the more dramatic. No matter who you are, you felt that passionately about someone at one point in your life and all of the joy, fear, and heartbreak you felt are captured wonderfully in this film. I can't quite give it five stars, but boy do I want to.
When I first heard Michelle Williams was cast as Marilyn Monroe I was sceptical - she’s a wonderful actress but I couldn’t picture her as a bombshell - but she really pulled it off, and not only nails the energy but delivers a great performance too. It’s really impressive. It’s the only good thing about this movie though. The rest is everything I hate about lazy English film-making. Eddie Redmayne is the worst.
This was an okay film, the best part was Michelle Williams portrayal of Marilyn. Once I got past the fact that she didn't look like her at all to me. I could really see it and felt like I was watching a behind the scenes look at Marilyn.
Some questions about My Week With Marilyn:
Why can't the script or more importantly the whole film be anywhere near as good as Michelle William's performance?
Who's the audience? It's not people who like Marilyn Monroe because she's so completely unlikable in this film. In fact I'd go so far to say she's loathsome.
Why did they cast Dominic Cooper? Couldn't they find an American actor to play the part (rather than someone doing a pretty bad accent)
Why did they cast Emma Watson? Couldn't they find an actress?
What is the point of the story? Are we suppose to come away thinking "because she's a move star it's ok for her to treat people like shit"?
Suffice to say I didn't like it.
Pretty sure I'm not the target audience.
Watch it for Michelle Williams...!
About a young man who wishes to be in the Film industry. But, when he sees the beautiful Marilyn Monroe, everything Changes.
Good production overall with a good plot. This is based on a true story.
It was alright. Didn't really go into much detail about Marilyn. More of a snapshot.
British based biopics have been award attracting offerings in recent years, and My Week With Marilyn is set to be no different - brimming with enough transatlantic appeal to make it attractive to audiences on both sides of the pond thanks to the quaint Brit setting twinned with an American element (The King’s Speech meets Four Weddings And A Funeral).
The tight snapshot of circumstances over a film shoot rather than a broad, sweeping life-story condensed into a two hour runtime is where My Week With Marilyn shines.
Rather than a highlights showcase, Clark’s memoirs have space to gently tease out all the traits and characteristics associated with Norma Jeane: the devotion and love from those who meet her; the…
Idk mannn? It cutesy romantic film for those people who put a Marilyn Monroe quote in their yearbook. But it wasn't terrible just have it on in the background or whatever its pretty to look at and Williams was cute.
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