|CAST:||MICHELLE WILLIAMS - MARILYN|
|EDDIE REDMAYNE - COLIN CLARK|
|JULIA ORMOND - VIVIEN LEIGH|
|KENNETH BRANAGH - SIR LAWRENCE OLIVIER|
|EMMA WATSON - LUCY|
WRITER: ADRIAN HODGES
Williams’ portrayal of the icon is effortless. While she may have had some artificial help to achieve the stars famous curves and lacks that certain va-va-voom that, lets face it, only Marilyn had, she nails her vulnerability and despair (that, lets face it, only Williams could do). Redmayne is equally good as the boy caught up in the glamour of filmmaking and the all-encompassing bright star that is Marilyn Monroe. Branagh completes the triangle as the unsympathetic master Olivier, just trying, ineffectively, to bring his romanticised image of Monroe to life in the real world and on screen.
Other performance highlights are the all too brief appearances by Dame Judy Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and ‘Harry Potter’s’ Emma Watson as a jilted wardrobe assistant Colin fancies pre-Marilyn.
The subject matter of the film is handled lightly and just right with care and respect. No-one is naïve or dismissive to Monroe’s real-life problems but as a figure who is still so idolised all these years later, one doesn’t want to trample on that. Filmmaker Simon Curtis has chosen this film to simply let the audience take a peek inside this life of demons and empathise with its protagonist; letting us know that her infamous behaviour was not the result of pre-thought, but genetic circumstance and aided by those around her all hanging on to the character of Marilyn Monroe and not the woman underneath.
This film is for anyone and everyone who believes in truth, who’s a lover of old Hollywood and wants to see the price of fame and what truly great acting looks like.