My Week With Marilyn

2011, Drama, 1h 41m

188 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Michelle Williams shines in My Week with Marilyn, capturing the magnetism and vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe. Read critic reviews

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In 1956 England, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) lands a job as a production assistant on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Marilyn is also honeymooning with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller, but the combined pressure of work and the demands of the Hollywood hangers-on is driving her to exhaustion. When Miller departs for Paris, Colin seizes the opportunity, to give Marilyn respite during a week in the idyllic British countryside.

Cast & Crew

Michelle Williams
Marilyn Monroe
Kenneth Branagh
Laurence Olivier
Dominic Cooper
Milton Greene
Julia Ormond
Vivien Leigh
Judi Dench
Sybil Thorndike
Zoë Wanamaker
Paula Strasberg
Toby Jones
Arthur Jacobs
Derek Jacobi
Sir Owen Morshead
Dougray Scott
Arthur Miller
Adrian Hodges
Screenwriter
Jamie Laurenson
Executive Producer
Simon Curtis
Executive Producer
Ivan Mactaggart
Executive Producer
Christine Langan
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Kelly Carmichael
Executive Producer
Ben Smithard
Cinematography
Adam Recht
Film Editing
Conrad Pope
Original Music
Donal Woods
Production Design
Charmian Adams
Art Director
Judy Farr
Set Decoration
Jill Taylor
Costume Design
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Critic Reviews for My Week With Marilyn

Audience Reviews for My Week With Marilyn

  • May 20, 2021
    Here's an interesting English film in that it's about the making of another, older - by 55 years! - English film, one that's mainly forgotten anymore but for the tragic star at its center: Marilyn Monroe (brilliantly affected by Michelle Williams). Eddie Redmayne plays a young man smitten with the movies whose dream comes true (and how!) when he not only gets to work in film but gets to work side-by-side with one of the lasting icons. Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judy Dench, and Derek Jacoby, among others, who are English film royalty themselves play older English film royalty playing Carpathian royalty visiting Britain in a light inconsequential romantic comedy, who all recognize that Marilyn was something different, something special and apart. And there's the point of this work, not the film that they were working on, or whatever events may or may not have transpired in the process, but rather simply the English appreciation and love of an American star. It's a nice postcard from overseas saying, "Missing you" delivered with Brit charm.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2017
    My Week With Marilyn showcases how powerful Monroe really was. Perhaps not in the sense of authority, but her ability to be the most important person in a room. On a stage, down a street or even waltzing through a school, everyone knew who she was. Her acclaim and beauty was able to captivate everyone. And yet beneath the surface was a troubled young woman where the pressure of work and Hollywood drove her to depression and doubting her own self-belief. Her inexperienced training and method acting contrasted with Laurence Olivier's more traditional and thespian approach, I thought that was conveyed well. If you wanted to watch a film about Monroe's psychological decline, unfortunately this is not the film (although I think it would've benefitted exploring that route). This focusses on the difficult production of The Prince and the Showgirl and the sweet innocent love between third assistant director Colin Clark and Monroe. It's a story that is much about him as it is Monroe. Director Simon Curtis was able to capture the fragility and inevitable heartbreak that one goes through when attempting to pursue their first love. There is a thought provoking line towards the end that reads "our first love is such sweet despair" and is extremely apparent here. This is an actor's film, and what I mean by that is the acting is the primary method of captivation. No visuals, no divisiveness...just outstanding acting. Michelle Williams exhumed elegance and definitely transformed herself to not only look like Monroe but vocally sound like her. It was breathtaking to watch. Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh were both excellent also and the wealth of British talent was wonderful to watch. I appreciated the narrative to be presented in a cheery and more delightful manner, it makes the experience more uplifting and classy. Whilst I would've liked the exploration into Monroe's depression and addiction to drugs, alcohol etc. I did think the story itself was enthralling enough to be adapted. It's brief, it's concise and it's lovely to watch.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2013
    I love Michelle Williams here. She shines as Marilyn Monroe, I was expecting to catch a flaw but none, Michelle Williams is the right choice to portray the blonde bombshell. Although, the movie itself is far from a good movie. The script is weak but executed well with brilliant casts such as Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. 6/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2013
    Some wonderful central performances, but sadly everything else is very so-so.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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