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‘My Week With Marilyn’ Trailer is Such Sweet Despair

Simon Curtis’s upcoming film starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe doesn’t look like the typical film about historical figures. This isn’t a look at Monroe’s entire life, the tale of her rise and fall. This film is, just like the title says, about one week only, the week when Marilyn Monroe went to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl and ended up getting escorted around by a regular guy named Colin Clark. It doesn’t look like it’s really a story about Monroe or her costar in that film Sir Laurence Olivier, so much as it is a character drama that happens to have real life famous figures in it. That’s an interesting approach and it keeps me from dismissing this as just being yet another movie about Marilyn Monroe.

The other thing that keeps me from dismissing My Week With Marilyn is the outstanding cast. It’s got veteran performers that are reliable rocks like Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond, and Judi Dench. It’s got promising young actors like Emma Watson, and Eddie Redmayne (who was the only thing worth watching in Derick Martini’s new film Hick). And it has an actress enjoying the prime of her career, one of the most talented ladies on the planet, Michelle Williams, in the title role.

I’ve got enough faith in Williams‘ acting talent to know that she would make this movie interesting, but I just didn’t know if she would be able to pull off the level of sexuality necessary to play a believable Marilyn Monroe. Williams is a pretty girl to be sure, but wouldn’t an actress need to be astoundingly curvy and ludicrously conventionally beautiful to play the most famous pin-up girl off all time. It turns out it doesn’t matter. Just from the few clips we get of her performance in this trailer, I can tell that Williams is completely captivating in this film.

You look at her and in a second all concerns about who is right for what drifts away, and you’re just left with a performance that sucks you in and takes you away. Up until now this movie was on my radar, but after seeing some footage from it I’m officially excited to check it out. And that’s all a good trailer is supposed to do.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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