April 18, 2012 Leave a comment
No matter what you think of the term “biopic”, this movie – in my opinion – certainly should be classified as one. It features a talented modern day actress portraying an iconic, world famous actress during a brief period in their life. It might not highlight all the trials and tribulations that legendary figure made during their lifetime, but it serves as a window, a time capsule to attempt to show what they were “really like”.
Like most biopics, My Week with Marilyn features a performance that borders on imitation, with Michelle Williams portraying Marilyn Monroe as she works on the film The Prince and the Showgirl with legendary actor Laurence Olivier (Kennth Branagh). Williams deserves much praise for her acting, as does Branagh, but the tale the film attempts to tell is nothing more than what amounts to a fluff piece about Monroe. It’s decently made, but ultimately the story doesn’t really lend itself to numerous re-watchings. See it for the performances, but don’t go in expecting to be wowed by the rest of the picture. It’s pretty much Me and Orson Welles but far less entertaining.
3 / 5