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My Week With Marilyn

She looks more like Marilyn in black in white.

Michelle Williams is on a roll, getting Oscar nominations for her performances (only last year she was nominated for Blue Valentine), but not yet really there to pick up the golden bald trophy man.

I would say her portrayal of the icon that was Marilyn Monroe (Williams) is the reason My Week With Marilyn was nominated for the Best Picture. (Like other bets, yes, it is also a film about making a film—well, sort of.) But that would be unfair to other worthy actors in the film: Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, just to name a few.

Even Emma Watson was part of it albeit in a minor role.

It would also be unfair to Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), the film being in his point of view. It was his week with Ms. Monroe that this film is about, for crying out loud.

He looks familiar but I can't put my finger on it.

As a whole, though, My Week With Marilyn is a gem. It was a bit surreal. There is a feeling of lightness while watching it, as well as deep but subtle hints of how troubled the late actress was. It’s not a surprise that she allegedly took her own life. It gave me a ping-pong session of queries in my mind:

Was she just a sexy pin-up girl?

How good of an actress was she really? Or did her "connections" play a big part on her career? And maybe her demise as well?

But this film is not for the audience to grieve for her and/or for someone like me, as part of the generation who never really knew her onscreen, to search for the answers to the many what-ifs. It’s simply a story of an extraordinary week of a young naive boy with Ms. Monroe. But it's not as simple as it sounds. I imagine a glimpse of her is overwhelming as it is, what more a week.

My Week With Marilyn gets a seven-point-five out of ten for brilliant performances and a insightful peek into a lost icon's life.

 *screencaps by VLC


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