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.
Ok, one star for Michelle Wiliams. Otherwise typical biopic that refelcts our time more than another period and repeats some perception of the idol, rather than exploring a life, or an aspect of the work. The movie states to do the opposite, but in my opinion it doen't. There were more interesting actresses and women at that time anyway.
I don't know too many films that are brought down by the editing. Unfortunately this was one of them. Everything was rushed and we didn't really get anything intimate out of the film. Williams was remarkable but her performance was never given the opportunity to shine. The whole thing was too light for such a dramatic subject.
Michelle Williams was utterly brilliant to me, such a classy and elegant way to perform Marilyn Monroe as an insecure and fragile woman she was. Unfortunately, Simon Curtis didn't showed very much about "the" week that she spent with Colin Clark. It wasn't enough intimate and poetic to me.
You won’t need to be a fan (or a man) to fall in love with "My Week with Marilyn," which features some of the best performances of this past year. In a role that would scare off scores of actresses, Michelle Williams is nearly spot-on as the once-plain Norma Jeane.... (Deeper Into Movies full review now playing at deepintomovies.blogspot, on Facebook, and in MUBI Reviews)