Thursday, March 22, 2012

Film Roundup - Feb 2012: My Week With Marilyn

My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Directed by Simon Curtis

Grade = B+

Marilyn Monroe is the quintessential Hollywood bombshell with abundant of natural talent. She acts, sings and dances. And while at the peak of her career Monroe went to London to film a picture with Sir Laurence Olivier. "My Week with Marilyn" is told through the eyes of its narrator, Colin Clark, an assistant once employed in Olivier’s production during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. Whilst Clark gains a certain proximity or closeness with Monroe in just a span of days he relishes in his fascination and love for the blonde headed beauty, but the more days he spend with her the more he discover that in spite of the actress’s fame and fortune – a frighten, lonely, and insecure woman lurks inside – scarred in ways beyond the public understanding. The birdlike sweetness and playfulness and Monroe’s delicate eccentricity is performed beautifully by Michelle Williams. She captured the electricity that Monroe ignites when she smiles on screen and you can feel her sadness in scenes off the camera. The supporting cast is superb.  Though lacking in physical similarities Kenneth Branagh portrayed Laurence Olivier convincingly in the latter’s usual powerful fast-paced machine mouth verbosity. While Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark held his own spot like a true English actor. But it is the camera work and cinematography that made this film look striking and gave the picture a rather distinguishing British appeal.

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