My Week With Marilyn….the Movie….
Many of my friends were asking my opinion when the media caught wind that Michelle Williams had been cast as Marilyn Monroe. To tell you the truth, I was willing to give her a chance. I wasn’t crazy about it, but I couldn’t think of anyone better, if they absolutely insisted on doing a movie, so hey, let’s give her a go!
And then I saw the Vogue cover. Finished, done, over with, thank you for playing. There were a million curvaceous women of that era, some of them, even blonde. Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Doris Day. And while all of them were very famous, none of them can touch Marilyn in photos. Why? It is all about the eyes. Marilyn had a doe-eyed look where you could see the wonder and a flicker of mystery and pain. Marilyn had luminousity, Michelle does not.I swear if you just cover the eyes on the Vogue spread, you might see Marilyn. You certainly see her shape and hair, but uncover the eyes and it’s gone. It is Michelle Williams playing dress up, and her version of doe-eyed wonder is looking dazed and bored. Also, on a beauty level, what did they do to her roots??
God bless Michelle for trying to take on one of the most photogenic women that ever lived, you have to give it to a girl for putting herself out there like that, but it just doesn’t measure up. She is completely missing the entrancing innocence captured in Marilyn’s photos and films. Michelle just can’t hack it, and it really isn’t her fault, no one could or ever will. The woman was a legend, and you can’t capture that.
Here is the crazy thing: not that she would be good in this movie either, but I almost preferred LaLa Lindsay Lohan Loca’s version of Marilyn on the cover of the New Yorker a few years back! Because Lohan is a tricked up hott tranny mess, but SO was Marilyn when she took those pictures! That was one of the last magazine photoshoot spreads she did before she died of a drug overdose, girlfriend was a hot mess! I didn’t think Lohan was that far off in her portrayal to tell you the truth…
Regardless, I am going to see this movie, opening on November 4th. I am looking forward to seeing it, but I have extremely low expectations. I am viewing it as a very loose portrayal, mostly just for the events, and certainly not for Michelle Williams version of Marilyn.
What do you think of Michelle as Marilyn??