Summary: It’s more “Based on a True Story” then say, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and has a good amount of factors that make it worth seeing. If you find yourself becoming angry while picking apart historical dramas, it’s probably best to leave this one alone.
Excerpt: I’m probably one of the few people that doesn’t really see the appeal in Marilyn Monroe. Yes, I realize she’s one of the most iconic figures of the last century and her sheer look alone has inspired imitations among some present day entertainers – notably Madonna.
Excerpt: The Film People freaked out when Michelle Williams was first cast to play Marilyn Monroe. How could the girl from Dawson's Creek pull off one of the greatest film icons ever? Well, she has done a lot since then.
Summary: My Week with Marilyn features a top-notch cast doing stellar work (Williams is a solid Monroe, but Branagh steals the show, in my opinion) in what could have been a fresh, fascinating look at an icon, but winds up being a somewhat superficial, lovingly-filmed exploration of the ultimate case of...
Excerpt: My Week with Marilyn is as stated: a single week in the life of Monroe, but one that perfectly encapsulates her life. At 30 years old, just married a third time, she seduces the third assistant director, and moves on as if nothing ever happened.
Conclusion: My Week with Marilyn is a splendid movie about moviemaking, stardom, and true love. It's tender, tragic, funny, delightful, and sincere all at once. The cast is fabulous, the direction simply enveloping, and the movie a delightful experience about the side of a star rarely captured with such...
Excerpt: My Week With Marilyn wants to have it both ways with the Marilyn Monroe myth. On the surface it seems to be a more nuanced portrait of the troubled star, showing her in private moments of weakness and getting great comic mileage out of how exasperating she could be to her co-stars.