My Week with Marilyn

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

My Week with Marilyn

JOY REVIEW

My Week With Marilyn has been touted as one of the movies of the year, and I was looking forward to it with great anticipation.  Marilyn Monroe is played by Michelle Williams and she really does look a lot like her, unless you look very carefully. However, I felt this was more of an impersonation than a real acting job, except for the one scene where she’s dancing, which I thought was absolutely charming. Kenneth Branagh plays Sir Laurence Olivier, Julie Ormond plays Vivien Leigh, and Eddie Redmayne, who was terrific in Red on Broadway, plays Colin Clark, the young man who gets caught up in Marilyn’s thrall. Marilyn Monroe comes off looking like a better actress than I certainly had understood her to be, but a despicable human being who had some major issues with promiscuity and using people.  I had always viewed her as somewhat vulnerable and not a very good actress but electric on film, and Michelle Williams is electric on film, but it’s not the same as Marilyn Monroe. There was a vulnerability that Marilyn projected but Michelle Williams doesn’t, so it’s a completely different view of Marilyn Monroe than I was used to. I found the impersonation a little difficult, but I’m not sure why. I don’t think it quite worked even though a lot of people have, and Michelle Williams is certainly being touted as Oscar material. I thought Eddie was great because he wasn’t impersonating anybody. I think that is sort of an easier role or at least a role that nobody knew. Apparently this is based on a memoir so it is a real person, but Eddie Redmayne was the only one that seemed to be just being as opposed to impersonating. Two and a half stars.

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