My week with Marilyn
the memoirs of Colin Clark called The Prince, the Showgirl and Me,
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN is an insightful drama that takes the viewer
into the deeply troubled emotional world of Marilyn Monroe through the
eyes of Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne). My week with Marilyn sets the
scene early for the motivations of Colin Clark that against his
conservative father Kenneth Clark decides to head to London in order to
into the movie industry.
After several uneventful weeks, he is given the role of third assistant
director to Sir Laurence Oliver (Kenneth Branagh) which generally
involves him doing non-meaningful tasks. His life soon changes when he
finally lays eyes on Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and is instantly captivated by her presence and beauty.
Marilyn is in London to star in The Prince and the Showgirl, however
the viewer, along with Colin soon discover that she is quite a damaged person.
As she continues to mess up her lines, much to the disgust of Sir
Laurence Olivier, she soon finds solace in Colin and his arms as her
husband returns to America to get a "break".
soul of My week with Marilyn is the relationship that is formed with an
international celebrity and a mild mannered and love struck young man
who valiantly attempts to free her from the world of alcohol, drugs and
the status quo celebrity. It is quite an insightful look into Marilyn Monroe who
although seemed to despise her fame, was unable to give it up.
Simon Curtis should be commend on an exceptional movie with some stellar
performances. Michelle Williams perfectly captures Marilyn in not just
her beauty but also her mannerisms and voice which is eerily identical
to the late Marilyn Monroe. Redmayne works his part well, a young man
with limited experiences in relationships is suddenly thrust towards the world's most
beautiful and is almost unable to resist her charms.
we have Kenneth Branagh as the Sir Laurence Olivier who according to
this story, lured Marilyn to London in order to seduce her during the
filming. When things don't go according to plan, he becomes quite
abusive towards Marilyn and her cohorts. Ironically my favourite
character was Dame Sybil Thorndike who was played by the delightful Judi
Dench and became an advocate and friend to Marilyn during the shooting
of this movie. Together, all these actors create this believable story
that will hold you captivated for the entire length of this film.
video and audio quality mimic the Golden Age of Hollywood well with this
almost soft blurring of the video and muted colours. The costume designs
and sets are unparalleled and almost make it feel like you are in a
simpler time, more specifically 1956. With a handful of special
features, My week with Marilyn is an exceptional and well-made drama and
my only complaint is the lack of more special features.