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. She’s depicted as ditzy, brainless and a substance abuser. Yet she’s revered.
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. For those living in the past or just positive that Williams couldn't pull off Marilyn (or any role, for that matter), My Week With Marilyn is a real testament. Back in 1956, Marilyn was a bonafide movie star on her way to becoming an icon.
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 puppy love. The film is done quite well, but it’s not terribly thrilling or revelatory.
Summary: My Week With Marilyn is an artfully crafted look at a bygone age. This Blu-ray version doesn't do the film justice, with a pathetically small video encode that can look good when it wants to, but which otherwise exhibits some of the worst artefacting I've ever seen. The audio is decent however, and the meagre selection of extras is rescued by a decent commentary track.
Conclusion: Some regard Marilyn Monroe as a tragic figure, but 'My Week with Marilyn' celebrates the ebullience and sensitivity of the iconic star without sugarcoating her frailties. The movie's success hinges on Michelle Williams' performance, and the actress delivers with a finely tuned portrayal, balancing impersonation with an instinctive knowledge of the emotions and insecurities that fueled, enhanced, and ultimately destroyed Monroe.
Conclusion: Driven by strong performances and vivid period detail, My Week with Marilyn offers a fun and engaging look at the real person behind one of the 20th century's most iconic personalities. You can question some of its factuality and long for a little more weight, but the intentions and execution are most admirable. The Blu-ray combo pack delivers a fine feature presentation, but fewer extras than you'd like.
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. There’s the screen Marilyn, the captivating, eye catching blonde with immeasurable appeal on screen. Then there’s the Marilyn that can’t find herself, downing pills and alcohol while rejecting those around her.