My Week With Marilyn

November 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ◊ ½

There is one clear reason to see this sweet and funny film: Michelle Williams.  Her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe is worth admission alone.  She manages to create a multifaceted character who is fragile, insecure, emotionally unbalanced, but is also intelligent, insightful, and capable of manipulation.  Does she need someone to protect her or does she use those people who try to?  The film suggests that the answer is both.  She understands that “Marilyn” is a commodity but does she really want to be seen as Norma Jean?  Yes and no.  Above all else, this film’s Marilyn is ambivalent and Williams captures that beautifully.  It also delves into Munroe’s desire to be a serious actor and suggests she may have had the ability, showing us an interesting window into the transition from classical acting to “The Method” that has come to dominate modern cinema.  On top of all that, it is also very funny and, at times, poignantly bittersweet.  It was a sheer pleasure to watch from start to finish.

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