Can Eddie Redmayne play anything other than a bastard? Every film I see him in his character fails: shame. I enjoyed this film a great deal and loved seeing the humanity (and the humility) behind some of the best known characters of mid century film. Michelle Williams sis wonderful and whilst she may not "look like" Marilyn she plays the breathless accent and the "whole other sex" movements brilliantly. Well done Kenneth, and Eddie, and as always Dame Judy out acts everyone.
This movie is an undiluted delight. It has a sophisticated and subtle tone, never excessive, but still it gently unravels the persona of a much troubled and exploited woman. The music, the strength of the cast and the dialogue are all top draw.
Enjoyable and entertaining
I really enjoyed this. Loved the behind the scenes about the making of the movie and the insight into Marilyn as a person. Even though Michelle did a great job I agree there was something missing in her performance. I was so intrigued I watched the original Prince and the Showgirl. Munroe certainly had a screen presence that would be hard to emulate.
Not quite the insight I expected, the portrayel of Marilyn seemed a bit shallow, and nowhere near as sexy as she actually was in life. Average watch really.
I enjoyed this: a sweet romance
I enjoyed this movie. it reminded me of a doco i saw on Marilyn and I remembered what a tragic and very messed up person she really was. It's a pity she didn't ever get to be a serious actress as she always wanted to be. Michelle Williams is very convincing and really looked the part. Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh are also very good.
Loved this small and rather intimate movie. Who needs big productions with little jewels like this one. It was funny and moving all at once, a bit like real life, and based in a true story so it rang very true. When a movie feels too short it means that it is very good, one is left wishing for more of the same.
Michele Williams had me convinced that she was Marilyn from the beginning. One of the few films that gave a savvy insight to Ms Monroe. Good film considering the small snapshot of time it covered.
Really enjoyable, we actually felt that we had experienced a week with Marilyn
after viewing the film!
Acting was superb and would recommend this movie most enthusiastically!!
A light hearted film easy to watch with no issues or hangups. It caught the period well and all the actors played their roles well.
A fairly lighthearted film , great for when you just want to be entertained.
I enjoyed this movie, good casting (lots of familiar faces), and an interesting side to the star the TV show 'Smash' is also about.
Thoroughly enjoyable experience with great performances by the entire cast.
Michelle Williams was fantastic and it was a good movie, but not a great one. An interesting look at the whole Hollywood system.
quite enjoyable movie and the actors did a good job - and a true story
Great cast, script and locations but, sadly, this did not endear me to Marilyn at all. She comes across and a silly, self indulgent and childish person.
Enjoyed, liked it was based on true story.
A beautiful recreation of Britain in the 50's and sensational performances from the entire cast.
This was a surprisingly enjoyable film.
At first we did not think it would amount to much
Wouldn't believe it was true if you hadn't been told it was a true story. Excellent performances from a wonderful cast, interesting story & good soundtrack.
Very enjoyable movie, but lacked climax. Left feeling a bit empty, not unlike the title character. Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh were brilliant.
Brilliant!! Loved it heaps - wasn't expecting it to be that good. Only got it out on the recommendation of a friend, & so glad I listened. Loved it from beginning to end. Michlle Willams was brilliant in the Marilyn role. Good to see some well known actors taking "bit parts" for a change. Don't miss this one.
Not a bad film, I wouldn't pay to see it at the movies though.
Really enjoyed this, amazing casting.
I enjoyed this movie and have to say that Michelle Williams did a brilliant and sensitive job playing Marilyn. her Oscar nomination was well deserved.
I really enjoyed this as I love anything about old move stars - but it was a good movie even if you are not a huge Marilyn fan. Very watchable
A good film about her life. a bit long and shows her as dumb but entertaining enough.
Surprisingly good, as I couldn't have pictured Michelle Williams in this role , but she did a very good job at it. Enjoyable and a well executed movie. The Colin character was a bit of a dead beat though and I couldn't imagine Marilyn having an ounce of interest in this pathetic guy!
Excellent movie. Michelle Williams' performance is amazing.
I really enjoyed this movie - very watchable. An interesting perspective on the life of Marilyn and Michelle was perfect in her role!
I felt that I was in the company of Marilyn the acting was so realistic.
I found this movie boring but so was Marilyn. A bit like Joey from friends.
Good acting by all, I found Marilyn annoyng, but then again that was Marilyn.
Michelle Williams is a superb actor and I think she deserved the Academy Award for this portrayal as Marilyn Monroe. As much as I adore Meryl Streep!
Didn't like it....., mostly found the main character playing Marilyn very annoying.....made it to the end though.......so that says something
An enjoyable movie with excellent performances. The film portrays Marilyn's childlike sensitivities & insecurity. Unfortunately her famous song/dance performances are only shown at the beginning where a stunning sequence of her strutting her stuff wets one's appetite for more & is a great lead in. The film needed a bit more of this to keep us tuned into the behind the performance dramas. Based on a true story about the lovely relationship Marilyn forms with the main character.
Fabulous acting. Very enjoyable.
Not as grabbed by this as I thought I would be. Actually a bit disappointed. Definitely agree with comments about it being a documentary style movie.... OK but not one I would watch over and over
I've never seen a Marilyn movie, I only know her as an Icon of her time. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I thought the acting was superb throughout. A straight-forward, linear plot that is well executed.
Colin to Marilyn (about Sir Laurence Olivier): "He is a great actor, who wants to be a film star. You are a great film star who wants to be an actress". I totally got this movie which I only rented after reading some favourite reviewers on Quickflix. You have to view this movie from the context of the 1950s, when the USA was the most powerful nation on earth but a young, loud, new money society. England was the old world, full of real royalty, real history going back thousands of years and yes, real castles. Viewed in those terms, this movie makes perfect sense. Americans still swoon at English Royalty (think: Diana, Princess of Wales or Kate and Wills) and the English are still fascinated by the American 'can do' attitude. I don't think this movie is for everyone but if you are a lover of fine acting and the old movie world of bygone years, then this is a 'must see' movie. Superb acting from just about everyone but especially Michelle WIlliams (as Marilyn) and Kenneth Branagh (as Sir Laurence Olivier). Loved it.
Just ok. Not sure what I expected but i couldn't get into this really. A bit too much of a doco. I like doco's on serious stuff but not on M Monroe.
We enjoyed this movie. Just a nice winter night movie. Marilyn was such a tortured soul, poor thing.
Quite a good movie and interesting for not only Marilyn fans but fans of show biz in general. I think Michelle Williams well and truly represented what the script asked of her, that is based on how Marilyn was perceived. The perception is from the book the movie was based on and viewers should keep this in mind. Thumbs up from me.
I have read so much about Marilyn in the past and seen all her movies and I really didn't thin Michelle could pull it off but by the end I was so pulled in by her performance that I truly believed she was Marilyn. Shows how deeply disturbed she really was and possibly why I think she took her own life. I did enjoy this film.
This actress is totally unbelievable as Marilyn. Very disappointing!
As a baby boomer we crave for anything about "Marilyn" Even a weak storyline written in 1995 that required a lot of padding,overall it did not match up to all the hype. Rather than it being a true story I suspect more like the writer's fantasy as no one can challenge it because most of them are dead. Who knows? Bottom line Marilyn never stood a chance in those times due to all the hangers on bleeding her dry. All characters were extremely shallow Williams did show how insecure and vulnerable she was. Dench also did a good job but I rate only a fair night's entertainment.
I enjoyed this movie and love learning about the real Marilyn Monroe, I have seen a few MM movies and sad to say but because of the characters she played and the persona she displayed in her movies, I actually liked watching Michelle Williams act as Marilyn in this movie, more than I liked watching Marilyn act in her own movies!! I know there was more to her character than was publicly seen and thought that she should have stayed the natural brunette she was, prior to changing to MM. For all her issues and insecurities, she did have that alluring charm about her, captured extremely well by Michelle Williams and interesting to see how this charm influenced even seasoned actors like Lawrence Olivier. Loved watching the flirtations and the romance - and I believe that she was basically misunderstood.
Beautiful film, worth watching.
I have never watched a movie with so much hype around it that has come out to be a great film. My Week With Marilyn changed that completely. Michelle Williams as Marilyn was amazing. Emma Watson had a small role but the film wouldn't have been the same without that character. The real star of the show was Eddie Redmayne as Colin. He was believeable and even I shed a little tear for him at the end of the movie.
Michelle Williams did a fantastic job as Marilyn. Creates more illusions as to who she really was. Was she a good,bad or a superbly naive insecure actress?? I quess we will never know but her name still goes on in the history of movie stars***
What a top movie. Well acted, well shot everything about it was goo. Nice to see Marilyn seen in a human way
I don't understand the fuss about this movie. A very slight plot and far too many lingering shots of Michelle Williams' face. The story of Marilyn Monroe's life has become such a cliche and this was more of the same.
A heartfelt tale about a sad life and if true, tells us much about the woman behind the facade.
Really enjoyable movie. Michelle Williams is great
I didnt think I would enjoy this movie as much as I did. Michelle Williams is great in this and portrays Marilyn extremely well. Worth watching.
I enjoyed this movie more than I expected to. As there is something about Michelle Williams that no matter who she is playing I just see Michelle Williams. Having said that I think she did a fair job with portraying Marilyn, particularly her mannerisms. Dame Judi and Sir Kenneth always brilliant..
I loved this film. Michelle is fabulous as Marilyn, portraying both the fame and frailty with great skill. Kenneth is very convincing as Sir Lawrence, and this is a great insight into this snapshot of the life of Marilyn Monroe, and the film industry at that time.
This movie was much better than I anticipated. I missed it at the movies but wanted to watch it before I forgot about it. It was exceptionally well done.
Judy Dench of course was magnificent in it as she is in everything. Michelle Williams as Marilyn played an excellent part.
Talk about actresses being difficult to work with but it was because she believed in "the Method" I suppose.
Well worth a watch!
Well worth a watch!
I never really got what all the hoopla was about Michelle Williams until I saw this film AND BOY DOES SHE SHINE!
MIchelle Williams does an amazing job in recreating Marilyn Monroe, all smouldering sexiness, naive innocence and neurotic insecurities. An enjoyable film and interesting insight into how frustrated Laurence Olivier became with his leading lady during the making of The Prince and The Showgirl. Eddie Redmayne is charmingly naive as Marilyn's young love interest and confidante. Judy Dench is magnificent as always.
The Marilyn Monroe character in this movie laments that she is finding it difficult to play the role in the film being made because the character doesn't seem real. The same can be said about the movie: the characters don't seem credibly real. That aside, it's an interesting perspective on two famous film stars making an improbable but real film. And the movie is pleasant enough.
Loved it. Michelle Williams obviously worked very hard in this role and pulled it off quite remarkably. For the first time in my life I even watched the "Director's Commentary", which gave an in depth insight into the making of the movie. Seeing this movie has made me want to learn more about Marilyn's life. The little dance half way through the movie is totally Marilyn.
As a child of the 80's, I don't know much of Marilyn's history. This movie portrays her as someone who is lost, a bit "deer in the headlights" and maybe someone who has little confidence in their ability, but very flirty and sexual at the same time.
Williams did a great job in this role.
Great acting, well directed and paced.....it's just a pity that the storyline never ventured far from telemovie territory. A lot of films have been made about Monroe. Pretty much all of them portray her as a fragile, "little girl lost", surrounded by greedy sycophants and simply looking for love in a hostile world. So does this one. It might well be accurate, but that the problem is that it has nothing new to say. The result is a film that's quite watchable but ultimately; quite forgettable
Definately for the Boomers. Found this rather slow and boring...
A compact, well crafted movie. Interesting and enjoyable to watch, if not a heavyweight. Michelle Williams was superb and managed to get Marilyn's mannerisms down just pat, making up for the fact that she didn't exactly look like her. Dame Judy, Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne put in great supporting role efforts. A rare insight into what her life must have been like and her flawed character, borne out of a loveless upbringing.
An interesting drama based on the personal conflicts between the people involved in making the 'Prince and the Showgirl' movie back in the 50's. Not really for the younger crowd, but the Boomers should enjoy it.
Michelle Williams is incredible - should have got an oscar...