Film Review: ‘My Week with Marilyn’ (2011)

My Week with Marilyn is the new British drama from director Simon Curtis and stars the up-and-coming actor Eddie Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl, Glorious 39) and the American actress Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) as Marilyn Monroe.

The film examines the true events surrounding a week when Monroe was escorted around England by Colin Clark, an assistant director on the film The Prince and the Showgirl which Monroe was appearing in, whilst her husband, the playwright Arthur Miller, had briefly returned to America.

My Week with Marilyn has gained mostly positive reviews from critics, and is an excellent piece of cinema, mostly due to Michelle Williamsโ€™s excellent portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, and her ability to transform from the glamorous and mesmerising star of 1950s Hollywood to the vulnerable and delicate character that Monroe could become.

Eddie Redmayne is also excellent in his portrayal of an ambitious young man on his first job, who becomes mesmerised by Marilyn, as is Kenneth Branagh in his portrayal of the ever frustrated Laurence Olivier. Even Dougray Scott, with a very small role in the film, manages to portray Arthur Miller with extreme excellence. The film manages to be both touching and comedic, without being a clique.

I am sure anyone who enjoys My Week with Marilyn will afterwards wish to see The Prince and the Showgirl, to beable to view Monroe in all her glory, with a new angle on her character from what we have been shown in My Week with Marilyn.

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