Saturday, December 31, 2011

My Week With Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn tells the story of a young man named Collin Clark, who gets a job as the third assistant director of a film starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier. Marilyn's insecurities drive everyone crazy especially Olivier, but Collin falls in love with her.

I don't really know what to think about this movie: It's very much like a T.V movie, it's just not cinematic or big enough of a story. I wanted to see much more, more of the making of The Prince And The Showgirl,more of Marilyn, more of her assistant Paula. And more of Judi Dench!!! I love her, and she's just great in this! Anyway, Michelle Williams is mixed for me. I thought she was good, but the material affects her work and sometimes I thought her Marilyn was an obvious imitation at times. But her performance has a subtle,striking depth to it that makes it worthwhile and I wouldn't say a nominaion is undeserved. I liked seeing Emma Watson as Marilyn's wardrobe lady, knowing that she can do something out of Harry Potter, and Eddie Redmayne was fine as Collin.

So, I was disappointed in My Week With Marilyn mostly because it feels very fake and doesn't ring true as a biography of Marilyn Monroe. As for William's Oscar chances, she has a very good chance given her critics awards,but unless she wins the SAG, I don't think it'll happen yet fort her. WE'll see. The critics choice awards and the Golden Globes awards will be announced in two weeks and then we'll all have a better idea who the frontrunners are.


Louis Morgan said...

Another that I have not seen although I do need to and wish to see. Not really so much for the film as a whole, but I am interested to see Kenneth Branagh as Lord Olivier.

joe burns said...

I thought you would be! He isn't bad, though I don't know much about Olivier!

dinasztie said...

I'm desperate to watch this.

Who do you think will win Best Actress (if you had to say a name right now)? I'd say Meryl. It's time for her, people know and she started to actually campaign plus she's got the Weinsteins behind her. I think only Viola is threatening her but she's not enough of a star to win, I think. I feel it's between them.

joe burns said...

I think I'd say Meryl right now, but it's up in the air. The one thing we know for sure is that it's either Meryl, Michelle, or Viola that will win. I think Viola needs more momentum for a win. What she's got on her side is The Help is a big audience favorite and could get a lot of love from the Academy. All the other nominee's films are not hits at all.

I think Michelle could win, but she needs to sweep up the precursors.

Fritz said...

I'm really looking forward to this movie!

And happy new Year to you, Joe! :-)

joe burns said...

Thanks!!!!! And Happy New Year to you too!