MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
I came out of this film somewhat stunned.
Michelle Williams as Marilyn was mind blowing.
The acting, even to the bit parts was a tour de force.
I simply did not see it coming.
It is a bright, clever and even poignant film.
Based on the book by Colin Clark, who spent
time as a junior director in Laurence Olivier's company as the famed actor tried his hand at directing Marilyn,
the film is a reminiscence and portrait.
There are moments in the film where you forget
you are watching Michelle Williams play Marilyn.
So brilliant, nuanced, subtle and beautiful!
Williams mastered a technique with her eyes
that seemed to channel Monroe. If Meryl Streep got
praise for her Julia Childs, Williams should get
a crown for her Marilyn.
Boozy, pill sedated, insecure, manipulative,
William's Marilyn provides an intimate look
into the mega star that became an icon.
In this film, you "get" how she became what
she did. Williams was incredible.
But so was Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier. Olivier fans might quibble a bit with some of the quirks, ego and insecurity, still it was great acting. Young Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark and Harry Potter's Emma Watson were great.
Then there were the superb "bit players"-Judi Dench was masterful as Dame Sybil Thorndike. Julie Ormand as Vivien Leigh, and Zoe Wanamaker as Paula Strasberg were also masterful. Michael Kitchen and Derek Jacobi had even smaller parts, but their cameos also shone.
This is an actor's film and Director Simon Curtis presided in such a way to let some real cinema magic happen.
There are bigger, more important films this year,
but this is sweet, luscious and so well acted.