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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 remember watching Marilyn Monroe films when I was about 15 and falling in love with her, but since then I have had doubts about her appeal. This is not to doubt her charisma, her status as film star or her skill and timing as a comedy actor, but there is something compliant about her persona: part of the fantasy is that she is a natural woman, intuitive and without reserve, who will give herself while being naive, an innocent: she is completely giving while needing to be protected. And her ‘true-life’ story adds to this. Spontaneous and emotional, fragile, hurt, manipulated, finally destroyed: she promises love and sex while needing someone strong to protect her. This film feeds off…
A surprisingly enjoyable film, yet a little to fluffy for my taste.
"She should use more mascara. When one is young, one should use a lot of mascara. When one is old, they should use much more."
A week with Marilyn, what better first job can anyone dream of?
Michelle Williams is amazing, charming, beautiful, lovely, a true Marilyn. Not that Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne or any of the other actors are any bad by the way. And what a cast! Judi Dench, Toby Jones, Emma Watson...
I don't know how much the actual events have been romanticized but this must have been a unforgettable week. You are a lucky man Mr Clark.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
El chico protagonista me parece un poco inútil porque se lía con una chica y luego la deja de lado por Marilyn, pero cuando Marilyn le deja de lado a él, él vuelve a por la chica. Pero la chica le rechaza, y menos mal.
No es una película que me haya gustado mucho la verdad, me entretuve viéndola simplemente.
"My Week with Marilyn" is directed by Simon Curtis, and stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, along with Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh. Based on a true story, the film depicts the encounters between Colin Clark, a young aspiring filmmaker who talked his way into having a job on Laurence Olivier's next film, and the star of the film, Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe is an icon, a legend, an influential woman even today. Michelle Williams had the daunting task of portraying her. Her performance wowed me. Williams portrays Monroe perfectly, by the looks, her personality, characteristic traits, everything. It is one of the portrayals of an icon I have ever seen. She captures the elegance and beauty of Marilyn. Eddie…
Michelle Williams was good as Marilyn, and the movie was cute. I just can't bring myself to believe that this is anything other than a fantasy, contrary to Colin Clark's accounts.
Enjoyed this much more on the rewatch than I did first time round in the cinema. Michelle Williams delivers a knockout performance as Marilyn and is ably supported by a fantastic supporting cast - Branagh, Dench and even the usually insipid Redmayne.
It's lovely to look at thanks to the talents of Mr Smithard and, at 90 minutes, doesn't outstay it's welcome.
I can't handle Marilyn at her worst so I don't deserve her at her best.
Michelle Williams's performance is fantastic and while Branagh is great, he is more obviously doing an impression. Eddie Redmayne delivers a performance in the same style as his one in The Danish Girl which rubbed me up the wrong way.
I get that the film is trying to show the anxiety and the fragility behind the legend and that is admirable, but it does so with such simplicity it's barely doing it at all.
That said, the film begins and ends with nice bookends which capture the enduring magic of the silver screen.
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