Fleeting moments, that sense of being on the fringes of stardom, starry-eyed, grabbing fragments of fame like a sycophant, hoping to hold on to something eternal, yet finding emptiness. An underrated account of a low-level operator in the film industry having a one-week, erotic encounter with Marilyn, sharing some brief experiences that guarantee a broken heart for life. Williams astounds, Branagh's Olivier, superb.
Very sensitive and enthralling story of Marilyn Monroe's short lived romance with the young 3rd director of Sir Lawrence Olivier's 'The Prince & the Showgirl' production. Michelle Williams is mesmerizing and Branagh is in top form! (3,5/5)
Though it took some warming up to the portrayal of Marilyn in the beginning of the film, Michelle Williams held a strong role of a woman in constant grasping for true love. It was her misery and her vulnerability that ultimately served as her muses. Through Redmayne's character, the film was an interesting capture of a moment in the pattern of Marilyn's life. By the end it felt honest and tormentingly beautiful.
I didn't expect this to be a good movie, but it is. I did expect Michelle Williams to be excellent, and she is. Also excellent in a smaller but equally impossible part as another great star and fragile person is Julia Ormond. At the time of this story, Vivien Leigh had but eleven more years to live. Marilyn Monroe had six.
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...
Very nice film, which gains in remaining straight and simple, not trying to push the emotional side too far (maybe at the end, though). Great actors. I felt so sad for Emma Watson when he goes with Marilyn. I'm in love with her (Emma, not Marilyn!)