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And what a week !!
My Week with Marilyn (DVD)
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My Week with Marilyn (DVD)
Advantages: Great story, and a pure acting masterclass
"My Week with Marilyn" is a 2011 british Biographical movie directed by Simon Curtis and starring Michelle Williams, Dougray Scott, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench and Emma Watson and is based on the books by Colin Clark about his real life experiences with Marilyn back in the 1950's.
Recently graduated from University Colin Clark ( Eddie Redmayne ) is an aspiring film-maker from a very well off family, however he is determined to make it in the business on his own and travels to london to petition to get a job on Lawrence Olivier's ( Kenneth Branagh ) next movie project.
Eventually successful, Colin is given a job on Olivier's next project, entitled The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), Colin is first tasked with finding a suitable place for Marilyn and her husband, playwright Arthur Miller ( Dougray Scott ), at the same time Colin begins courting the affections of wardrobe assistant Lucy ( Emma Watson ) and they eventually begin dating.
Soon enough Colin is given more tasks, and very soon finds himself getting closer and closer to Marilyn until they are spending quite some time together, after Marilyn's husband returns to America after an argument between them, however this relationship places a strain on Colin's relationship with Lucy and also with his colleagues on the film set, who are already dealing with an emotional wreck in Marilyn who is pushing them all to their limits, particularly Lawrence Olivier.
I wasn't sure what to expect from "My Week with Marilyn" the subject matter wasn't particularly interesting to me, however I had heard good things about the movie itself and in particular the performance of Williams as Marilyn Monroe.
And boy was I not disappointed, "My Week with Marilyn" takes a seemingly unimportant week in the lives of a group of actors and film crewmembers and turns it into an enthralling story, most of which has to come down to the talents of the cast, particularly Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and of course Michelle Williams
Williams is incredible as Marilyn, she has her mannerisms and vocal style down to a tee and her singing voice is extremely impressive and i'm not sure if it was electronically altered for the sake of the movie, or if it is all down to Miss Williams pure talent, but it definitely leaves an impression on the viewer.
The whole thing is a joy to watch, the period sets are great, the costume department do a wonderful job transporting the viewer back to 1957 and the musical score is just right to catapult you back in time.
The script is of course wonderful and being adapted from books written by the main subject of the movie himself ( Clark ) you know that accuracy is of a very high standard in the movie, and you can pretty much ascertain that the majority of what you see in the movie actually happened, i'm hard to impress with period pieces such as this but I was sucked in from beginning to end, which is a big testament to the movie.
I can't really find fault in this movie, wonderful acting, wonderful direction and a story that doesn't run longer than it should ( comes in at 101 minutes ), the only negative is that the crime is that Michelle Williams didn't win the Oscar for best actress at this years academy awards !!!
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