If you have some free time this weekend and your local theater is showing it, you might want to check out My Week With Marilyn, the new Marilyn Monroe film starring Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, and Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe.
My Week With Marilyn is a 99-minute British flick (don’t worry – it’s hit a number of theaters in The States) based on British writer and filmmaker Colin Clark’s account of working with Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier during The Prince and the Showgirl – an account made up of two books and turned into a screenplay by writer Adrian Hodges.
The film played at nearly every fest you can think of (the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival, just to name a few), but it doesn’t seem to be getting rave reviews now that it’s been released to the general British and American publics.
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, for example, calls it “the latest attempt at [Monroe’s] resurrection, says Kenneth Branagh was “miscast” as Olivier, and that the problem
[…] isn’t Ms. Williams or the serviceable work of the director Simon Curtis, but a script by Adrian Hodges that hews faithfully to Clark’s clichés. Instead of the complex woman familiar from the better books about her, the film offers a catalog of Monroe stereotypes: child, woman, smiling exhibitionist, shrieking neurotic, the barefooted free spirit and, lamentably, the martyr teetering in heels toward her doom.
(I wonder if there’s any of that “negative energy” Megan Fox so ridiculously babbled on about earlier this year.)
Of course, why take someone else’s opinion on it? Learn more about the movie yourself, and find out if there are any shows near you, at www.myweekwithmarilynmovie.com.
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