Movie Review: My week with Marilyn

Details from IMDB:

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My Week with Marilyn (2011)

99 min  -  Biography | Drama  -   23 December 2011 (USA)

Ratings: 7.1/10 from 35,928 users   Metascore: 65/100
Reviews: 161 user | 296 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

Director:

Simon Curtis

Writers:

Adrian Hodges (screenplay), Colin Clark (books)

Stars:

Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

Obviously I didn’t see this when it was in theatres, so since we never made it to a movie this weekend my wife asked me to watch this. I’m an easy-going guy most of the time so I did Smile. With all that said I had heard of it and I did want to see Michelle Williams much talked about performance.

Main Points:

This is a different take on Marilyn Monroe as it focuses on a minor employee’s (Colin Clark played by Eddie Redmayne) relationship with her during a the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in England.

I’ll also admit to not knowing a lot about Marilyn Monroe but this movie does really give you a glimpse into her troubled life. Williams does do an amazing job playing this sexy, talented but ultimately broken and tragic figure. There is no punches pulled and Marilyn’s addiction to pills, her highly emotional nature, he demands on a film are all on display. She managed to portray her as a figure that was both larger than life in public and yet so broken and needing of love and affection in private.

Worth noting are other excellent performances by the always wonderful Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh. Less wonderful is Emma Watson, who takes middle of the road part as Colin’s brief girlfriend.

This movie really shows the incredible charisma and star power of Marilyn. Colin is soon swept away by her charms and need-to-be-rescued nature and falls in love.

SPOILER ALERT!

I know another silly one but just in case…Colin of course does not end up with Marilyn (though he sees her naked many times) and ultimately breaks his heart when the movie is done. The movie doesn’t talk about Marylin’s ultimate fate, only that she went on to star in the massive hit Some like it Hot Hot smile

Final thoughts:

I enjoyed this movie. It is worth seeing just for the performances, the story is a little light but as far as I know accurate to what really happened. I give it an 8/10 and a hearty recommendation Thumbs up. Now I just need to get to Wreck It Ralph before it leaves theatres Vampire bat

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