My Week With Marilyn details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Toby Jones, Judi Dench, Michelle Williams, Derek Jacobi, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Watson, Julia Ormond, Dominic Cooper, Kenneth Branagh, ZoŽ Wanamaker|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Collections:||Drama Greats, March - LOVEFiLM Picks, The Biggest and Best|
My Week With Marilyn
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Mar 2012|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
The film is by no means perfect, but Michelle Williams' Marilyn Monroe is a sure thing come awards season.
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Engaging, funny, superbly acted and a beautiful snapshot of a Hollywood GoddessBy TheyCallMeMrGlass (44 reviews) from London , 20 Jan 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I just caught this film on its final leg in the cinemas. So glad I did as this turned out to be a wonderful and strangely uplifting drama, despite the ultimate tragedy that would eventually befall Marilyn.
The performances from the main leads are splendid but Michelle Williams is a knockout. She has done an astonishing job of not just embodying the complexity and mystique of the most glamorous star the world has ever known but she also imitates the nuances and body language of Marilyn superbly. She deserves at least a nomination for this.
I have been awestruck by the real Monroe ever since I saw her for the first time in Some Like it Hot, so I can completely believe that men have literally fallen under her spell, tainting their solid relationships with their wives/girlfriends by 'fatefully' crossing her path. That's what this film is about really, giving two examples simultaneously in a 1 week snapshot during the making of The Prince and The Showgirl in 1957. The first example is Sir Laurence Olivier played brilliantly by Brannagh who has already fallen 'victim' to Marilyn's mesmeric beauty and charm but now becomes frustrated with her 'method' acting and punctuality, feeling out of her league and ultimately not being able to seduce her. The other 'victim' is a young upstarter ambitious film assistant who is succumbing to her spell and finds himself deeply intimate with her (the film is told from his point of view).
The film also touches on what would eventually be the Marilyn's tragic end but thats not the main story being told here.
Judi Dench lends her usual gravitas, delightfully soaking up the very few scenes she is given, even though she seems to play the same role in every film these days (even as M), she's always enjoyable to watch. Emma Watson plays a short role as a passing love interest and is lovely in the role but this is a comfort zone for her as the role is not too much of a departure from her 'Hermione'.
Overall, this is very engaging, funny and a beautifully made drama.
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WORTH A WATCHBy evamp05 (7 reviews) , 04 Oct 2013enjoyable film. portrays Marilyn very well. acting very good. feel that it should have been longer? or maybe had at least a summary as to what happened after the end.. however well worth watching.
Great filmBy a customer , 01 Oct 2013Michelle Williams is fantastic as Marilyn, I was glued to the screen every time she appeared. The film was perfect - really stylish, witty and filled with beautiful costumes and scenery.
Thoughtful and SubtleBy a customer , 20 Sep 2013Excellent film with understated performances and subtle thoughtful production. Also very quiet - no overbearing or unnecessary music. An insight into a life of a person rather than a superstar.
Michelle Williams!!! Need I say more?By theorganicdomino (75 reviews) , 12 Sep 2013Michelle Williams is extraordinary, its only when you go back and compare pictures of Marilyn and Williams in this film that you realise that she only partially looks like the screen icon. What Williams achieves is the embodiment of Marilyns essence, no cheap mimicry but a breathtaking performance which presents a complex, fully rounded, tragic character. She makes this appear effortlessly natural, but after forethought we can do nothing but consider Williams one of the greatest of contemporary actresses. It is a performance which deserves a much better film than this though. Given the source material its no surprise that its really just a series of anecdotes, which meanders and then ends. All pleasantly done, watchable and amusing but not the stuff great films are made of. In terms of the rest of the main cast, for the lead role Eddie Redmayne is sufficient in the thankless role of a (not entirely) naïve drip, Branagh does well as Olivier although his performance is a little inconsistent and Emma Watson is her usual unphotogenic, bland, adequate self. Its only when Williams is on screen that the film truly comes alive. Shes so good (I may have mentioned that already, but it bears repeating a lot) the film is well worth watching.
Dull and predictableBy a customer , 08 Sep 2013Michelle Williams may be a fine actress, but without the rare star appeal Marilyn Monroe had, little of that actually comes over on the screen. And the story is painfully dull to watch - a young man called Colin gets to spend time with the film star and inevitably falls in love with her. There's nothing fresh about the delivery, despite the cast, and parts of the script are barf-making. Marilyn in the library: 'Gee, I'd love to read all these books.' Colin's godfather, the librarian: 'Luckily you don't have to, as most of them have pictures.'