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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Lovely little filmBy a customer , 12 Dec 2012I personally really enjoyed this film. I was nice to see both Marilyns vunerable & manipulative sides to her personality. It was well acted & had a great cast.
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Good but not amazingBy AnnabelleRose96 (3 reviews) , 11 Dec 2012I was very keen to watch this movie as I had heard great reviews of it. Despite my eagerness I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the film but I felt like the makeup department perhaps didn't portray Marilyn's makeup throughout the film correctly. Although, I thought it was well acted and interesting. Something I would have payed for, but perhaps wouldn't watch more than once. Additionally, I think the casting for Marilyn could have been better. For example, Scarlett Johansson would have played a better role, in my opinion.
Problem DVDBy cherubino (2 reviews) , 07 Dec 2012Enjoyed the film but on two occasions the DVD stuck, and I had to get past the fault. Can't see any other way of reporting the problem. I don't need replacement, but it might be a nuisance to others.
Not as good as the book but a great watchBy a customer , 06 Dec 2012Having read the book, I was a little disappointed by this film as it lacked some of the detail that made it such an appealing read. Having said that, the film was still a great watch and took me back into the world of classic film making and gave a glimpse of the complicated and delicate life of Marilyn Monroe.
My Week with MarilynBy Kela23 (640 reviews) , 03 Dec 2012I did enjoy this film, I was intrigued by the storyline, Marilyn Monroe has always been such an iconic star, to get an insight into who she really was made the film very interesting. I though Michelle Williams was amazing - as were Kenneth Brannagh and of course the wonderful Judi Dench. I felt very sorry for Marilyn, to be such an insecure woman who had no confidence in herself and she was a beautiful, talented woman.