My Week with Marilyn (15)

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Posted: Tue Nov 22 2011

There’s more than a touch of sad wish-fulfilment about Colin Clark’s story in his memoir, ‘The Prince, the Showgirl and Me’, of how in 1956, as a lowly third assistant director, he struck up a friendship with Marilyn Monroe when she was in Britain to shoot ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ opposite – and under the direction of – Laurence Olivier. ‘My Week with Marilyn’ takes Clark’s memories at face value and posits that he (Eddie Redmayne) and Monroe (Michelle Williams) snatched kisses, slept in a bed together (but didn’t inhale), swam naked in the Thames and gigglingly talked their way into Windsor Castle on the back of Clark’s connections (his father was art historian Kenneth Clark). Simon Curtis’s pretty but insubstantial film also pitches a theatrical and impatient Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) against a highly strung and strung out Monroe, so that ‘My Week with Marilyn’ is partly a flighty reconstruction of an odd moment in film history and partly a ‘Roman Holiday’-style romance.

The saving grace is Williams. Various actors, from Toby Jones as Monroe’s press agent to Zoë Wanamaker as her Method coach, flap around her in underwritten parts, but Williams is convincing both as a troubled star and a luminous on-and-off-screen presence. ‘My Week with Marilyn’ is a minor movie about a minor episode in the life of a major star, but it has enough sense of its own high camp not to take itself too seriously. It’s pedestrian in most ways, but Williams – with a little help from friends in the lighting, camera, hair and make-up departments – lends it a touch of magic amid the nonsense.
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15

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Fri Nov 18, 2011

Duration:

121 mins

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Ric

I really loved this film and my only reservation that at teh beginning I felt Michelle Williams had not really got into the part but that did not take long to change. All the critics except one I have read went on about being lightweight, ineffectual and with little happening. To me less is more here and quite frankly it is nice to have a low key film without all the tedious Hollywood trimmings. Beutifully acted, staged and directed.

Ric

I really loved this film and my only reservation that at teh beginning I felt Michelle Williams had not really got into the part but that did not take long to change. All the critics except one I have read went on about being lightweight, ineffectual and with little happening. To me less is more here and quite frankly it is nice to have a low key film without all the tedious Hollywood trimmings. Beutifully acted, staged and directed.

mister_x

i found MW a weak link. not as weak as the generally irritating dominic oooper but weak nonetheless. shes just a facsimilie. doesnt really nail MMs personality or behaviour like she should - she generally just feels like an 3rd rate impersonator, like someone from the harmony korine film mister lonely. branagh is great, and the film overall is likeable fluff, with a few moments that take it a little beyond that, like when olivier is talking about wanting to feel young again, but overall, the worst part of the film is when all the cast are fawning over and gushing about how great MM is, and then you see the MM they are watching, and its just michelle williams, looking out of her depth and largely, just flat and insipid. also, her breasts should have been 'assisted' to look more like MMs.

stevhors

Pretty well agree100% with the Timeout reviewer which is a change. Perfectly pleasant film well acted and efficiently realised with the UK luvvy set. Michelle Williams is excellent and her performance alone is worth the admission. Yes, have to say Kenneth B is excellent as well, but in a theatrical way.

Mike

You can hardly have missed the endless reviews and plugs for this movie. Normally hype has a reverse effect on me, and I rarely see the movie concerned. I was pleasantly surprised by "My Week with Marilyn" – it was well cast, well acted, and extremely well photographed. Maybe just now and then the story fell a little flat. . Yes, Michelle Williams looks the part – very much. But equally good were Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh), and Judi Dench (as Sybil Thorndike). Minor niggles – bearing in mind this is a film that’s being pushed for Oscars: Very bad lip synching of Williams in opening few minutes – when she’s supposed to be singing live with a band; and appalling continuity issue with Brannagh when he’s putting on his own make up, makes up one eye brow, then it switches to both made up, then one again, then both, then one again – all in the space of speaking the one sentence. Not quite multiple Oscar material – perhaps one for Williams. Recommended. 7/10.

scrumpyjack

"a touch of magic amid the nonsense" The true story made perfect sense to me and the performances were outstanding. Ranks alongside another BBC production, last year's MADE IN DAGENHAM. That got 4*, this deserves 4 too. 8/10

JOHN O SULLIVAN

im a huge Michelle WEilliams fan but while she captures the vunerable and insecure Maryln she does light up the screen as the movie star. i know shes a huge fan of Munroe but shes not sexy All through my mind drifted to Jessica Chastain in the Help she would of nailed it and probally done a better Vivein Leigh As for the film it was like an average BBC4 bio drama Branagh performance was bizzare why was he speaking in foreign accent when off camera .he wasnt method The script needed to underline every moment in case we couldnt keep up with thev ploding direction.Finally Mich go back to work that suits you,youre to good to play the fame game

liked it

I don't think Michelle Williams resembles Marylin Monroe, so I actually think she did well portraying her in what is quite an unsympathetic and very difficult role. I found this entertaining enough, liked Eddie Redmayne A LOT, but there were a few dodgy accents going around, and nothing much actually happens.

Ian

Agree with Charles, this is worth watching for Williams performance. I think she will get lots of award nominations but not pick up any awards. This is her break through performance and she is a revelation. Branagh sleep walks through a role he has been maturing for all his life. I kept thinking of the Kings Speech as I watched it. I can see this as Weinstein's attempt to mine that same seam of gold a second time. Like the Kings Speech the cast is full of excellent, and no doubt cheap, British character actors like Jim Carter, Philip Jackson, Toby Jones and Zoe Wanamaker. Not bad just not great, it looks fabulous and is worth going to see if only for Williams performance.

Charles M

It's a piece of escapist nonsense made watchable by the performances of Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh.Michelle Williams bears an uncanny resemblance to Marilyn Monroe and captures her vulnerability, sensuality and above all sheer sex appeal. Worth watching because of Michelle Williams.