'My Week With Marilyn' lightweight but entertaining
My Week With Marilyn
Now showing at the Michigan Theater
Review by Corey Hall of the Metro Times
Playing an icon is often a thankless job, especially when the images of the subject at hand are burned so deeply into the cultural subconscious that they embody whole ideas. Marilyn Monroe is sex, even 50 years after her death, the blondest of all bombshells still sets the standard for onscreen allure. So credit Michelle Williams for attempting it — and she bleaches out her hair, plumps up her curvy frame, breathily whispers and shoops and shimmies her way through every scene with a determination that covers how hard she's working to fill Monroe's slinky white dresses. It's a tremendous bit of work, especially considering how deeply buried in myth and memory the real person has become. It's a pity that all her prodigious efforts can't conceal that the movie itself is an inconsequential enjoyment, an obvious bit of Oscar bait masquerading as a serious feature film.
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