Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Feb 2012 and 4 Nov 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A production assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl is given the task of watching over Marilyn Monroe during the filming.
My Take on it – This is a film that actually has a fascinating idea yet it comes across as if it’s being done more from the perspective and style of paparazzi as it looks at a small portion of the life of Marilyn Monroe who is among the most famous actresses of all time.
Michelle Williams does an amazing job transforming herself into the role of Monroe and manages to give off the feeling that is the real thing.
She is by far the main reason to watch this film and she was nominated for quite a number of awards for her portrayal in this film including an Oscar for Best Actress.
Kenneth Branagh is great as Lawrence Olivier and he too was nominated for his work here by the Oscars for Best Supporting Actor being the first (and only) person to be nominated for 5 Oscars, each time in a different category (Best Actor and Director for Henry V (1989), Best Screenplay for Hamlet (1996), Best Short Film for Swan Song (1992) and Best Supporting Actor for this film).
Unfortunately tho, the story itself meanders along too much and despite it’s 90+ minute run time, the too often lulls in the story take so much away from the enjoyment of it all.
Bottom Line – Fascinating idea that feels a bit too much like a paparazzi style look at the life of one of the most famous actresses of all time. Williams is amazing in the lead and really gives off the feel that she is the real Monroe and that is the main reason to watch this film. Branagh is great as Olivier and was also very deserving of his Best Supporting Actor Nomination for this role. The story unfortunately meanders along too much and even though it’s a brisk 90+ minutes, their are too many lulls in the story that take away from the enjoyment of it all.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to director Simon Curtis (in his DVD commentary), Judi Dench was unavailable for the principal photography period, and her role had to filmed about two weeks before the rest of the production. Throughout the film, Dench and Michelle Williams are never seen in the same shot, including one in which Dench shakes hands with (seemingly) Williams’s arm being extended from off-screen. Adam Recht’s deft editing gives the illusion that Williams and Dench are being filmed at the same time. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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