My Week with Marilyn (2011)

My Week with Marilyn (2011)
  • Time: 99 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Director: Simon Curtis
  • Cast: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Emma Watson


Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to see the blonde bombshell, while Olivier is struggling to meet her many demands and acting ineptness, and Colin is intrigued by her. Colin’s intrigue is met when Marilyn invites him into her inner world where she struggles with her fame, her beauty and her desire to be a great actress.

One review

  • She was and is one of the most famous American actresses in history. Our first scene shows her singing and dancing around a stage, and immediately her charm and glamour is exemplified through the screen. As the musical number ends, we find that we are seeing from the point of view from a young man named Colin Clark. For him, the cinema was the only place that he could escape to, and Sir Laurence Olivier had become his idol. Desperate to find his way into the film industry, he stubbornly stays in the offices of Olivier’s offices in London. After numerous days, Olivier finally agrees to hire Clark as a third assistant director for the actor’s new film the Prince and the Showgirl, starring Marilyn Monroe.
    After rigorous work in preparation, the time has come for filming to begin. When the stunning American actress steps onto the set, everyone is set aback by her, including the young Clark. In contrast to her on-screen persona, everyone working on the film soon realizes that Miss Monroe is actually quite nervous, and she is noticeably intimidated by the revered Sir Olivier and Dame Sybill Thorndike. Initially, the actress turns to her acting coach Paula Strassberg for consoling, but as time wears on, Monroe finds a confidante in Colin. In their time together, Colin learns that Marilyn is really quite depressed and has become tired of being such a big celebrity.

    In search of a movie that isn’t quite as dark or violent as my recent posts, I stumbled upon this film on the generous stream that Netflix provides. Although the cast list might not stand out to some, the acting is very well done. Michelle Williams stars as the beautiful Monroe, and she nails each aspect to the actress’ layered personality. Outside of the glam of Hollywood, Monroe is really a shy and nervous girl that can’t walk the streets without a crowd of infatuated fans surrounding her, and we can clearly see this thanks to Williams’ Oscar-nominated performance. In the male leading role of Colin Clark stands the young Eddie Redmayne. Previously seen in the 2012 film version of Les Miserables as Marius, Redmayne is just beginning to break out in Hollywood, and he is now receiving a large amount of Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Perfectly capturing the boyish charm needed for the seemingly innocent Clark, Redmayne gives a great effort. In an excellently cast supporting role, Sir Lawrence Oliver is played by his modern contemporary, Sir Kenneth Branagh. Though known better to the general public as having roles in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Valkyrie, Branagh is most famous among critics for his Shakespeare projects, most notably for Henry V and Hamlet. In this film, he gives a great performance as Olivier, who is incredibly skeptical of Marilyn’s work ethic and his confidence in this project is fading. I found his performance to be the best of the entire film, and he received
    a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
    This true story is a wonderful portrayal of how being a huge Hollywood star really isn’t as glamorous as it appears to be. Just like Colin Clark, I greatly enjoy the art of cinematic art and am fascinated with the stars that grace the screens of each work. Although I’d prefer to write about the movie rather than make it myself, I share the love for filmmaking that exists in the characters.
    Outside of the characters, this film is relatively well done. The scenery in the British countryside and estates is quite beautiful, and the camera acts as a great complement to its subjects.
    I still cannot think of exactly what it was about the film, but there was something that simply did not feel right. The acting was great, the story was interesting, the themes were good, but I just didn’t get the feeling that I usually get when I watch a great movie.

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