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.
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!)
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.
While "familiar icons are real people too" portraits aren't exactly new, this lovely and intimate peek behind the curtain at a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe puts a unique spin on a familiar premise - it's all true (as far as we know). Michelle Williams is terrific, inhabiting the scared little girl Norma Jean behind the outsized projection of Marilyn Monroe, while Branagh steals scenes as Laurence Olivier.
It's not super horrible, and yes--Williams is good--but rather forgettable. Some light, cheerful moments but a trite script. Fun and pretty if you can ignore the historical inaccuracies and famous people caricatures.