My Week with Marilyn


My Week with Marilyn

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



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In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. -- (C) Weinstein

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Eddie Redmayne
as Colin Clark
Michelle Williams
as Marilyn Monroe
Kenneth Branagh
as Sir Laurence Olivier
Dougray Scott
as Arthur Miller
Julia Ormond
as Vivien Leigh
Judi Dench
as Dame Sybil Thorndike
Dominic Cooper
as Milton Greene
Toby Jones
as Arthur Jacobs
Zoë Wanamaker
as Paula Strasberg
Philip Jackson
as Roger Smith
Geraldine Somerville
as Lady Jane Clark
Derek Jacobi
as Sir Owen Morshead
Simon Russell Beale
as Cotes-Preedy
Pip Torrens
as Sir Kenneth Clark
Michael Kitchen
as Hugh Perceval
Karl Moffatt
as Jack Cardiff
Robert Portal
as David Orton
Richard Attlee
as Reporter #1
Michael Hobbs
as Reporter #2
Brooks Livermore
as Reporter #3
Rod O'Grady
as Reporter #4
Richard Clifford
as Richard Wattis
Alex Lowe
as Denys Coop
Georgie Glen
as Rosamund Greenwood
Peter Wight
as Lucy's Father
Paul Herzberg
as Paul Hardwick
James Clay
as Jeremy Spenser
Jem Wall
as Spectator
Ben Sando
as Schoolboy #1
Josh Morris
as Schoolboy #2
David Rintoul
as Dr. Connell
Sean Vanderwilt
as Male Dancer #1
Adam Perry
as Male Dancer #2
Desmond McAleer
as Senior Policeman
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  • 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
  • Feb 13, 2013
    Dame Sybil Thorndike:  First love is such sweet despair, Colin. My Week with Marilyn is such a terrific film with great performances from big names like Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh, and littler names like Eddie Redmayne and Philip Jackson. What makes this movie the pleasure it is, is definitely the top notch cast. Michelle Williams just continues to top herself with everything she does and her performance as Marilyn Monroe is no different. She is absolutely fantastic. The other standout is Eddie Redmayne, who plays Colin Clark. Colin Clark is a 23 year old and has aspirations of making it in the movie business. He works hard to try to get a spot on the production team of Sir Laurence Oliver's next film, which happens to star Marilyn Monroe. Colin is given a position as 3rd Assistant Director and is basically nothing more then an errand boy. He catches the eye of Marilyn though, as he is different from the rest of the films production team. We also get a glimpse at the tense relationship between Oliver and Monroe as they work on the film. I love movies that show the behind the scenes look at famous people, and with My Week with Marilyn we are given that opportunity. It's also a film of subtlety, which I also love. Marilyn's lifestyle isn't made center stage in the film, but the glimpses we get of it are enough. It's just a really well written and directed film.  My Week with Marilyn is a must see in my opinion. I loved each and every second of it and can't wait to watch it again. This is one of those films I can see myself revisiting many times and I'm sure I will. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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