One of the most exciting actresses working today, Michelle Williams accomplishes the near-impossible—portraying Marilyn Monroe as an actual person, not just an easily caricatured icon—in this charming bio-pic centering around the production of Laurence Olivier’s film The Prince and the Showgirl. Based on two memoirs by Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), who worked as an assistant on Olivier’s film, My Week With Marilyn depicts Monroe’s numerous clashes with her imperious, classically trained director (played with great relish by Kenneth Branagh), maddened by his star’s method acting and her ever-present drama coach, Paula Strasberg (Zoë Wanamaker). Williams captures not only Monroe’s notorious fragility, both on-screen and off-, but also her magical, unclassifiable charisma. –NYFF
Almost everything was in place for My Week With Marilyn (great direction and performances -- especially from Michelle Williams) but the story floundered through the third act and mistakenly thought it could get to the credits by sliding its hand up the thigh of Marilyn Monroe's larger-than-life persona. Its definitely worth the watch, but its more of a performance showcase than a well-told story. Nice try though...
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Title: My Week with Marilyn
Country: UK, USA
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director: Simon Curtis
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There are movie stars, and there are Movie Stars. For ten short years, few shone as bright as Marilyn Monroe’s. In the fifties and early sixties, she was every American man’s dream girl, from presidents… read review
“My Week With Marilyn” gives us a glimpse into a world we can only imagine, shared with people we only know as legends, through the eyes of a young man who knew he didn’t belong but desperately wanted… read review
I might get into some trouble for this but I have to this, I don’t think this film is any good. Let me get something straight first, Michelle WIlliams’ portrayal of the infamous bombshell actress is… read review