My Week With Marilyn (2011)

As the year comes to a close there are a few gems that always end up being released in the run up to the Oscars. And My Week With Marylin is one of those films.

Thankfully this is not a full on biopic of the Hollywood legend. Any attempt at something so big would have to be a good few hours long. Instead My Week serves as the slightest of insights to the star’s life. Contrary to the title, the film doesn’t just take you through one week. It takes you through the production of Sir Laurence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl, letting us have a glimpse into the movie godess on and off screen.

Taken from the perspective of Colin Clark, the third assistant director of the film, My Week shows the brief encounter Clark had with Monroe and his fleeting affair with her for, as you might have guessed, a week. But it is so much more than a love story. It is a love/hate story. As Clark falls head over heels for her, Olivier begins to get more and more frustrated over her constant unprofessional ways. Arriving late, forgetting lines and ‘playing the little lost girl act’ as Olivier so kindly puts it.

Michelle Williams’ performance as the troubled actress is spellbinding, Oscar worthy, and almost outshines the rest of the cast. However credit is due for Kenneth Branagh as Olivier. The film is a great piece of work. With plenty of laughs (but not too many) and beautiful set pieces which will make any classic movie fan just salivate in their seat. As well as a very thought provoking insight into Monroe. With mixed opinions being thrown about everywhere for the audience to ponder over.

4/5

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