Monday, September 10, 2012

PCP on DVD - My Week with Marilyn

Michelle Williams has turned in some incredible performances during her career, picking up three Oscar nominations including one for My Week with Marilyn (she also won the Golden Globe for this same performance).  She is definitely one of the most talented people in Hollywood today.  Because of that, I was excited to check this film on DVD to see how she did.  I was not disappointed.

My Week with Marilyn - 2011, rated R.  My rating:  8 out of 10.

Marilyn Monroe continues to fascinate the world 50 years after her untimely death.  This movie was not a traditional biopic in the sense that it didn't cover the entirety of Marilyn's life.  Instead, it focuses on the production of her film The Prince & the Showgirl, from the point of view of a production assistant named Colin Clark.  The picture showcases Marilyn's desperation and struggles with her international fame, as well as the chaotic production of the film.  It is extremely moving as well as a sad commentary on the nature of celebrity and stardom.

Michelle Williams absolutely knocks it out of the park in this performance.  She channels Monroe so effectively that you forget that you are not watching Monroe in the flesh.  It really is an uncanny performance and definitely deserving of all of the high praise and awards she received for the role.  She nails the onscreen persona of Marilyn, as well as the person Marilyn was off the camera was as well, and when she transitions between the two personas it is quite amazing to watch.  Clearly, Michelle Williams is a master at the craft of acting.  If her and Heath Ledger's daughter inherited their combined talents, that girl is going to be the best actress of all time.  In the meantime, if you are a fan of Marilyn Monroe or Michelle Williams, definitely check out My Week with Marilyn, you won't be disappointed.

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