My Week with Marilyn
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The story really begins with Monroe's arrival in London to start filming. Fully devoted to Lee Strasberg's school of Method acting, she constantly searches for her character's motivation even within the context of a soufflé-light drawing room comedy. With sychophantic acting coach Paula Strasberg constantly by her side, she is chronically tardy on the set keeping her distinguished British company of thespians waiting for hours. Monroe's already renowned insecurities become heightened by Olivier's abrasive impatience as not only her co-star but her director. As a witness to her undeniable aura, the young Colin becomes smitten as he is assigned to be her protector when she begins to bond with him after Miller returns to New York.Read more ›
As you have probably read - I won't go over the plot again, as others have surely done that here - the film is based on Colin Clark's journal about the week he spent on the set of the film that eventually became "The Prince and The Showgirl". I can't think of a male over age 18 that won't think - while watching this film - "Wow! If only I was in Clark's position!" And I'm sure many will dream of that! Honestly, I can't say how this plays out from the point of the female viewer.
No this is not an "epic" film but rather the kind of small "Quality" films that the Weinstein Company finds and releases. (Just look at "The Artist", "The Descendants" and "The Iron Lady"; all with superb casting and lots of Oscar noms.). And for that I can recommend it highly. It's not long - at just 99 minutes.
Both the DVD and the Blu-ray have the same bonus features. These include a full length commentary by Director Simon Curtis as well as a 19-minute " The Untold Story of An American Icon", which is the now-typical "making of" featurette which mixes comments from the cast and production crew with scenes from the film. There a few actually newsreels clips of Monroe included, but not enough to mention.Read more ›
The supporting cast here is amazing. Kenneth Branagh as Olivier is a revelation. Again, I could not have imagined him in that role, but he is absolute perfection as Olivier. Judi Dench brings her usual emotional weight and sweetness to her portrayal of Dame Sybil Thorndike, and Eddie Redmayne is pitch perfect as the besotted Colin, who wrote the book detailing his time with MM.
I cannot say enough good about this movie. For people fascinated with movies, Marilyn, or just the trappings of the human heart, this movie is a wonder. Michelle Williams is the main reason.Read more ›
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Fantastic true story about Marilyn Monroe going to England to co-star with Lawrence Olivier in The Prince & the Showgirl. Read morePublished 18 days ago by TRose
excellent character portrayals by Michelle and Kenneth and Redmond. very well donePublished 1 month ago by latelifer
Michelle gives a great portrayal of Marilyn. Blu Ray is excellent quality.Published 2 months ago by Robert G. Kelly
Very well done. So many of my favorite British Actors. Michelle Williams was terrific...everyone was. I will watch this again.Published 2 months ago by Barbara U
Academy award inning performance by Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branaugh playing Laurence Olivier. It's a must seePublished 3 months ago by barbara kling