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Sorry I Watched It to the End,
This review is from: My Week with Marilyn (DVD)
I guess I kept hoping that it would redeem itself somewhere. That did not happen.
Michelle Williams plays Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunately, Michelle Wililams is no Marilyn Monroe, at all. She does not have the face, body or voice. She is cute. Not beautiful. She just didn't have it. It was almost painful to watch. And there was something weird she did with her eyes, when she was listening to Colin talk - as if she was thinking and having some revelation inside her head - possible, but didn't come across as good acting. Just strange.
I also didn't believe that Monroe would become dependent on Colin Clark and they would have this wonderful day together, skinny-dipping and visiting Windsor Castle and all. When did she stop to take her pills?
Everyone around her told Colin to leave her alone or he would get hurt. He was warned that he would be used. Of course he did not care, what young man would? But I don't think this relationship happened, except in his fantasies.
Olivier seemed most on target that he could see through Monroe. She knew exactly what she was doing, being late, manipulating people, pretending to be helpless and stupid and not know her lines. And that she did not need rescuing. He was right about all that. But there was something strange about Kenneth Branagh playing Laurence Olivier. He wasn't right for the part either. I think his acting and speech were good, but physically, there was something disturbing. He didn't look like him, but it wasn't just that - his cheeks were too fat, his hair too slick? Just a bit off kilter there.
To sum up this film, sorry I wasted my time. In my defense for renting it from the library, I thought it was going to be about her time spent with Jim Haspiel.