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My Week With Marilyn and Snow White

By now, you've probably seen the trailer for "My Week With Marilyn". Or, uh, maybe you haven't. I've heard about it, of course, and saw the Vogue cover with Michelle Williams done up like Marilyn. Am I the only one who wasn't impressed? Nothing against Michelle, but she in no way reminds me of Marilyn. I made the mistake of voicing my opinion on another site, and one outraged person replied, "Are you blind!" and went on to point out that they have similar features, blah, blah, blah. Well, yeah, their noses and mouths are alike, I won't deny it, but it's not simply about having a Marilyn Monroe pout. You need to not only look at her, which, I'm sorry, but Michelle doesn't, IMO, but you need to have the Monroe feel. Know what I mean? And when I look at Michelle Williams, all I see is Michelle Williams posing as Marilyn Monroe.

But, I was willing to give her a chance. Maybe her performance would change my mind (not that I'm likely to see the movie any time soon). Maybe she would be so convincing that she would be Marilyn.

Then I saw the trailer. Oh no. From what I can tell, Michelle does not pull it off, look-wise, acting-wise, vibe-wise, sex-appeal wise. Nothing about her seems like Marilyn. And I don't think Michelle is a bad actress, she's just miscast. Who knows, maybe she's actually quite good in the part and the trailer failed to showcase it,, I don't think so. Of course I'm saying this, and watch all of the critics give her praise for her performance *rolls eyes*. It wouldn't surprise me. You see, there's this trick you can pull off as an actor/actress in order to  make everyone believe you had an excellent or at least convincing performance. All you have to do is transform your looks: Cut your hair, change your clothes, strike a pose. If you play someone iconic, you will no doubt get some love.

But, like I said, she might just pull it off in the end. Which would be great, but unexpected.

The trailer isn't bad, but the casting That Eddie Redmayne or whatever his name is is rather creepy looking, don't you think? And Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier...what? Love Kenneth, but come one. And Emma Watson does her first post-Potter gig (at least I think this is her first post Harry movie...). I pretty much like her as Hermione, but I'm not convinced of her acting chops. We'll see.

Now, onto our three Snow Whites. I don't know what the point of three adaptations is, although it will be interesting to see how they fare against each other. I don't know much about the Disney one. Is that the one with the seven monks? Hmm. That one might actually be the most interesting. I'm not really a Snow White fan to begin with. It's okay, but fairy tales in general aren't my big passion. I do own the stories, though. Because I'm a pervert.

Anyway, some more photos from the Lily Collins version were released a day or two ago. I don't know if the general consensus is positive (based on some comments I read, people hate the costumes), but I actually liked them. They remind me of Tim Burton's movies, with the extravagant outfits and (in some instances) exaggerated hair, etc. I'm not sold on the casting, though. Julia Roberts, well, I don't hate her as an actress. I think she's overrated and tends to play herself, but I am curious to see how she does as the evil queen. Lily Collins...I have no idea. I haven't seen her in anything yet. I don't think she is the fairest of them all, not in the least, but she is pretty and unique looking, and hopefully she possesses the right combo of innocence and I-will-take-you-down attitude. I think both this version and "Snow White and the Huntsmen" could have been better cast all around, but time will tell. I doubt I'll go to see either, to be honest. But then I've said that about other movies and then gone to see it, so maybe, come March and June, I'll have something to say about these dueling Snow Whites.


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