Film Reviewer Barry Rubin On 'My Week With Marilyn'

Highlight Hollywood is proud to introduce a very respected jurist in the legal system, and a man, who has a lot to say about movies, and his love of the cinema. Mr. Rubin went out on Monday evening to watch the new Michelle Williams film based on a week a crew member of a film Marilyn Monroe starred in, spent with her. Well, it may be “My Week With Marilyn,” but here’s Mr. Rubin’s night with Michelle Williams, in his own words.

“My Week With Marilyn” is based on the true story of Colin Clark, a young 23 year old, who diaried and recounted his work as a “gofer”in the making of the 50’s film “The Prince and the Showgirl” which originally starred Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier. This movie stars Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe), Kenneth Branagh (as Sir Laurence), Eddie Redmayne (as Colin Clark) and other cast members including Julia Ormond, Judi Dench and Emma Watson (HarryPotter).

Written by Adrian Hodges and directed by Simon Curtis the film is slow moving and oftentimes trite in its dialogue as it seeks to penetrate the life and psyche of Ms. Monroe. This complicated icon is portrayed by Michelle Williams in an uncanny and extraordinary manner that, regardless of the merits (or demerits) of the film, will certainly earn her Oscar consideration in 2012.

Ms. Williams becomes Ms. Monroe and gives the performance of her career as she captures her character’s nuances and likenesses to such an extent that even Meryl Streep would be forced to sit up and give a nod of approval. The film, under normal circumstances, deserves only 2 and 1/2 stars but because of Ms. Williams’ performance, I give it 3. Movie-history buffs and all who enjoy seeing an actress come of age will like the film.

Written By: Barry Rubin, Esquire
Photograph Courtesy: Bobby Head/Link 81 Collection
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