My Week with Marilyn (2011)


Back to the movies and to a highly interesting biographic movie (from my point of view) that I’ve recently watched. Talking about “My week with Marilyn”, a 2011 british drama made by The Weinstein Company and BBC Films, directed by Simon Curtis and based on two non-fictional diary books made by Colin Clark (who debuted in the world of cinema as a personal assistant on the movie that is biographed in the Simon Curtis‘ movie), “The prince, the showgirl and me” and “My week with Marilyn”

For starters, the movie on biography had as work title “The sleeping prince” but later it was changed what we know nowadays as… “The prince and the showgirl”. More informations about the movie in question, you can read it in here:

General plot: Recently graduated, Colin Clark (encarnated by Eddie Redmayne) is an aspiring filmmaker that goes to London in hopes to work on Laurence Olivier (encarnated by Kenneth Branagh)’s next movie production. After meeting him and by Vivien Leigh (encarnated by Julia Ormond)’s insistence, Colin gets his first movie job as Laurence‘s (and later of the leading actress of the movie) personal assistant. One of his first assignments is to find a suitable and calm place for the star of the movie, Marilyn Monroe (encarnated by Michelle Williams) and her husband, Arthur Miller (encarnated by Dougray Soctt) to live temporarily

At the same time the movie is being made (with all of its problems, benefits, etc…), Colin falls in love with a wardrobe assistant, Lucy (encarnated by Emma Watson), and they start dating, eventhough soon things would change as Colin starts to have a growing infatuation on Marilyn (assisting her when it’s needed. This soon would come as close to a love relationship). More situations and troubles do come and go until we get to the ending of the movie’s production and with “My week with Marilyn” movie coming to an end with a musical performance by Marilyn Monroe (the “MWWM” movie also started that way)

Now, for the opinion regarding the movie: I was interested to see the movie due to its original premise and story. And I wasn’t disapointed at all…: there’s this odd and yet cohesive balance between drama (Marilyn and her fears of not getting a great performance, as well as her personal life), romance (explicitally the faded love triangle Colin x Lucy x Marilyn) and comedy (parts of the making of the movie) that makes it a very enjoyable movie to me. Visually, the production is quite remarkable as their details are just spot on (well, the movie was made in the same studios “The prince and the showgirl” was made: Pinewood Studios. Watch out, though, for Michelle Williams‘s luxurious musical performances in the beginning and in the end of the movie: beautifully concieved). The soundtrack of the movie is also enjoyable to hear

In terms of performances, Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe was convincingly perfect, recapturing the exuberance and yet fragility the actress really had (although her voice doesn’t seem to sound like Marilyn itself at all), while Kenneth Branagh was equally perfect and convincing as Laurence Olivier in so many aspects (of course, Laurence Olivier will always be unmatchable and unbeatable. But I think Kenneth defended the actor’s personal attitudes and atributes as brilliantly as he could) – their nominations at the 84th Academy Awards as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively were highly deserved. Nice appearances of Julia Ormond and Judi Dench as well, encarnating the actresses Vivien Leigh and Sybil Thorndike respectively

All in all, if you like biographic movies about a person or an event, this should be one of the biographic movies on your hot list of movies to be seen as quickly as possible

Last, but not leastthe trailer of the movie:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 18 de December de 2012, in Cinema. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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