Monday, February 27, 2012

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: My Week With Marilyn

"My Week With Marilyn" is a splendid little film by director Simon Curtis. He assembles a fine cast, with all of them perfectly suited to their roles. It’s a great showcase for the talents of Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench. Williams is radiant as Monroe, giving a wonderfully layered performance that digs into the inner turmoil of the legendary movie star. Throughout the film she gives these subtle expressions that are absolutely brilliant. It’s a great career move for Williams, as I don’t recall her ever being so effervescent. Despite the melodrama surrounding Monroe, the film keeps a light tone due to Branagh’s delightful portrayal of Laurence Olivier. He really had me cracking up with some of his line readings.

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