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Michelle Williams is no Marilyn Monroe, but she comes very close. Then again I don’t think anybody could ever be like Marilyn. You cannot quite explain what it was that Marilyn had – it can only be summed up as marilynmonroeness.
My week with Marilyn is based on the diary of Colin Clark, who worked on the set of Sir Laurence Olivier’s screen adaptation of The Sleeping Prince. A diary of the shoot was first published as a book, but it had one week missing that was later published as “My Week with Marilyn”. This movie tells the story of that week as told by 23-year old Colin Clarke (Eddie Redmayne) who manages to get an assistant job thru family connections on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl starring Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Monroe had just gotten married to the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), who accompanied her to England. She also had her Method acting coach Paula (Lee Strasberg’s wife) Strasberg (Zoe Wanamaker) with her.
In the movie we get to see a troubled and insecure Marilyn, who in public puts on the “Marilyn Monroe” persona. She takes liking to the young Clarke on the set and starts spending time with him when Miller leaves for New York. As guessed – Clarke falls in love with her and forgets all about fancying a pretty wardrobe assistant Lucy (Emma Watson). But as always Clarke’s magical week with Marilyn comes to an end.
Redmayne is perfect casting as the young wide-eyed and naïve Clark. Williams nails the different faces of Marilyn Monroe perfectly. Dame Judi Dench is superb as Dame Sybil Thorndike who so adeptly tells Olivier that it doesn’t matter if Marilyn can’t act, because when she’s onscreen, nothing else matters.
A sweet movie with funny and touching moments.