Last week, I said I had plans for dinner-and-a-movie for one. My film choice ended up being “My Week With Marilyn”, starring Michelle Williams. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to see it on the big screen at the Revue (one of my favorite places in all of Toronto), since Rob didn’t express much interest in seeing it. No problem. Only now, I’m disappointed. Disappointed that the film was bad and I have no one to tear it apart with. So, I’ll blog my beefs.
I’m not saying the film isn’t “good” – lots of people like it – but I thought that the character of Marilyn was annoying.
The film shows a mostly drunk, insecure, often stoned, self-absorbed Monroe in her mid-30s, with dozens of men falling at her feet because she is, after all, Marilyn. Blah, blah, blah, I learned nothing new about the iconic actress. I didn’t get the sense that I understood anymore about Marilyn – the movie star, the business woman, the depressive – than I did before. I almost left before the movie ended, but opted to stay in the hopes the plot would, somehow, redeem itself. It didn’t.
For me, the film lacked something. I certainly don’t know enough about Monroe’s life to decide whether Michelle Williams played her accurately, but I know enough about Monroe’s iconic image and infamous love affairs to know that I wanted to see this film about her. Only it wasn’t about her. It was about men falling all over her and people watching her slowly kill herself with cocktails of booze and pills and dark thoughts. Why men thought that was attractive I’ll never understand, but I can speculate that there’s something alluring about being near someone who is otherwise untouchable.That is the one take-away I can relate to, although this hardly changes my opinion of the film.
I’m no film critic and I don’t find destructive behavior “attractive” in the least, so take my review with a grain of salt. All I can offer is that, in my opinion, this film is a renter, at best.
p.s. Here is a thorough review in the Chicago Tribune from a real film critic, who sums up the disappointment with this film much better than I can.