Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
“MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” My rating: B-
99 minutes | MPAA rating: R
An actress portraying Marilyn Monroe faces the same daunting obstacles as an actor playing Jesus.
No matter how good your performance, it pales in comparison to the real thing.
Michelle Williams, one of our finest young actresses, does a perfectly credible job as the immortal blonde sex symbol in “My Week with Marilyn,” a melodrama unfolding during the filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl” in London in 1957.
But as good as Williams is, not once did I mistake her for Marilyn. It’s a passable impersonation, but no one will ever fill the screen the way Monroe did.
Simon Curtis’ feature directing debut (after a long career in television) is based on “The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” and “My Week with Marilyn,” Colin Clark’s memoirs about his experiences as a young production assistant on the film. (more…)
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There’s absolutely no reason why any of us must see “Thor,” the latest Marvel Comics big-screen adaptation.
The good news is that if you do see it, there’s no harm done.
This is a surprisingly effective (I’m tempted to call it smart) addition to the superhero canon, a moderate success for a most unlikely filmmaker: Kenneth Branagh.
The Irish-born Branagh, of course, is the theatrical wiz kid who burst upon the cinema scene with his terrific “Henry V” back in 1989 and who has periodically created and/or appeared in other Shakespearean films, among them “Othello,” “Hamlet” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”
His non-Bard movies, on the other hand, have been flops. While Branagh has proven himself a valuable supporting player in a variety of worthwhile films (“Rabbit Proof Fence,” the Harry Potter franchise), his credibility as a filmmaker for years has been on the skids. (more…)
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