Michelle goes back-to-back?

Lainey Posted by Lainey at October 6, 2011 15:57:17 October 6, 2011 15:57:17
Michelle Williams was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year in Blue Valentine. TheyΓÇÖve been buzzing about it for weeks but now that the first trailer for My Week With Marilyn has been released, the hype has become much louder. Could she go two for two?

Michelle, of course, plays Marilyn Monroe. Many of you donΓÇÖt think, physically at least, that they cast the part properly. Ultimately though itΓÇÖs about the acting. And hereΓÇÖs a chance to see whether or not Michelle can deliver. Thoughts?

The people who donΓÇÖt feel it are the ones who are complaining that sheΓÇÖs ΓÇ£not Marilyn, doesnΓÇÖt look like her, doesnΓÇÖt act like herΓÇ¥. But I wonder - are you referring to the Marilyn who gets her skirt blown up over a air shaft? Because I think thatΓÇÖs the easy part. ThatΓÇÖs the part Scarlett Johansson could perform. But Marilyn was as famously vulnerable as she was sexy, as insecure as she was charming, as weak as she was charismatic. And Michelle Williams, well, she specialises in those other attributes in a way that some of her peers may not be able to manage.

HereΓÇÖs the thing about these biopics - do you want to see a mimic or do you want to see the actor capture the essence/spirit/whatever of the icon they are playing? This was my problem with the short clip weΓÇÖve been given so far from The Iron Lady featuring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. It was a caricature. Blasphemy, I know, but I think I prefer MichelleΓÇÖs interpretation of Marilyn, from these two minutes at least,  because it doesnΓÇÖt feel like a straight up imitation. I mean, I donΓÇÖt love the generic way theyΓÇÖve presented this trailer, not at all, but I do think itΓÇÖs enough of an encouraging glimpse at what could be an extraordinary performance by an actress whoΓÇÖs been building towards it for a long time. Thoughts?

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