Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My Week with Marilyn


This is the true story of Colin Clark's experiences surrounding the production of 'The Prince and the Showgirl', the 1957 film featuring Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier.  Clark was 23 years old at the time and this was his introduction to Hollywood, as well as to the charms and troubles of Monroe, played by Michelle Williams.  Newcomer Eddie Redmayne plays Clark, and Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier.

On paper this one has Oscar written all over it.  It's a biopic (albeit that only spans a very short period of time) of an iconic Hollywood figure.  It stars Oscar nominees Williams and Branaugh and also features Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench in a supporting role.  It's a coming-of-age tale.  And executive producer Harvey Weinstein will undoubtedly employ his trademark iron-fisted aggressive Oscar campaigning.  But really, this one just isn't as good as its potential.  It's good, and everyone does their job satisfactorily, but it's just not a must-see.  Williams may get nominated but she surely won't win.

Grade: B

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