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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Ordinary but perfectly fineBy DanElford (27 reviews) , 25 Mar 2013A light, slightly unsubstantial, but nevertheless well-played and moving portrait of the complicated star, as seen through the eyes of the young Third Assistant Director who fell in love with the person behind the public image. You end the movie with little more understanding of Munroe as you had at the start, and then you realize that is the point. A bit choppy, but the performances and well juggled tones make it a fine rental.
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Absolutely brilliant!By Acdefg (8 reviews) , 24 Mar 2013Even if only a fraction of Colin Clark's story is actually true, Simon Curtis has done a brilliant job turning it into an excellent film. Michelle Williams performance is superb. One of the best films I've seen in a long time. Rent it!
Branagh shines in My Week with MarilynBy Canarygirl (1 review) , 15 Mar 2013Excellent movie! Really fascinating insight into the relationship between Sir Laurence Olivier and the legendary Marilyn Monroe. Branagh deserved an Oscar for his performance which is both harsh and hilarious. Lovely performances by Eddie Redmayne and Michelle Williams, who took on the role of a screen icon with aplomb. Whether the story is fact or fiction in relation to the friendship between Colin Clark and Marilyn is debatable, but a great film and well worth renting.
A really pleasant surpriseBy Daveysmum (5 reviews) , 03 Mar 2013I had avoided this film because of it's cheesy title but it was a tender and touching story and I'm so glad I've seen it. Not at all what I expected!
Like Monroe? Like this filmBy Muppett (17 reviews) , 28 Feb 2013Cannot comment on its historical accuracy but as a biopic of one of my favourite actresses it stands up well. Michelle Williams makes a very convincing Monroe and the rest of the cast are all good and well cast in their roles. Recommended