The Oscar nominations came out on Tuesday and so, like I do each year, my goal of screening as many pictures as possible before the broadcast is officially underway. My Week With Marilyn just opened at the Monarch Theatre last night and so it was the perfect opportunity for Andrea and I to head down and check it out.
First things first, Michelle Williams is spot on in her portrayal of Monroe. You might expect something shamelessly camp, but what's delivered is vulnerable, emotional, and intelligently nostalgic. It's a well earned Best Actress nomination for Williams, and her performance alone is a strong enough reason to see the film. Thankfully, the supporting cast is no let down either and I was thoroughly engrossed throughout.
What I've always found fun about the Oscars is the variety of films that you can discover if you're willing to take a few chances. I had a good feeling about My Week With Marilyn to begin with, but there are several flicks I know nothing about this year. When you've grown up addicted to movies, sometimes it's just fun to find more ways to feel connected to them.
The Monarch Theatre remains a great venue for watching smaller, more dramatic films. It was packed last night because it was 5+5 Wednesday - $5 ticket and $5 pop and popcorn. If you live in Medicine Hat, you really should visit the Monarch. They still have some of the best theatre seats in town.