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Movie Review: My Week With Marilyn


Title:
My Week With Marilyn
Cast:
Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dominic Cooper and Emma Watson
Director: Simon Curtis
Writing Credits: Adrian Hodges
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Running Time: 101 minutes
Philippine Release Date:
29 February 2012

Official Movie Synopsis:
In the early summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, 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 and Marilyn Monroe, who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.

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.

Official Movie Trailer:

Review In A Nutshell:
My Week With Marilyn is definitely a must-see movie. While it is a biopic at its core, it is also a story about love, growing pains, and the endless, ever-growing fascination for those working under the harsh but bright lights of Tinsel Town.

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Nearly 40 years after the death of Marilyn Monroe, perhaps one of the most iconic actresses in cinema’s history, the fascination still lives on.  She has been portrayed by so many actresses in TV and films — I’ve only seen Norma Jean and Marilyn which I liked — enough to wonder about what makes My Week With Marilyn different.

Michelle Williams (Marilyn Monroe) and Dougray Scott (Arthur Miller)

My Week With Marilyn is based on the diaries of the late Colin Clark, noted British writer and filmmaker, who worked as part of the production crew of The Prince and The Showgirl. It narrates about Marilyn’s struggles and desperation while filming on foreign soil and how Colin offered solace and comfort during those times.

The theme and the basis of My Week With Marilyn is somewhat similar to Norma Jean and Marilyn but both biopics held their own for me. My Week With Marilyn had a lot of strong points thus the accolades it got from critics and award-giving bodies didn’t surprise me. Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe is wonderful and fascinating to watch.  While her resemblance is utterly spot on, Michelle’s portrayal is effortless and fluid; it’s like seeing a seasoned prima ballerina take on the stage. Kenneth Branagh, who is often looked at as the Laurence Olivier of this generation, was great; his portrayal of the famed actor was powerful yet restrained. As the wide-eyed, innocent and concerned Colin Clark, Eddie Redmayne matched Michelle Williams perfectly.  It was too hard not to root for him; his emotional performance pulls you in.  It was refreshing to see Dame Judi Dench, Julia Ormond and Dominic Cooper in the movie; while their roles were supportive, their presence were definitely felt. My only regret in this movie is Emma Watson. Lucy Armstrong was a well-written albeit small part: she serves as the moral yet ironic compass to Eddie Redmayne’s star-struck Colin Clark but Emma’s performance was flat; her eyes lacked fire, her line delivery needed more pain and sarcasm. I was expecting to see a bit of depth and emotion but I didn’t get it. I guess I had high hopes for her but after seeing Ballet Shoes and this, I’m quite scared to see her as Sam in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Nonetheless, My Week With Marilyn is definitely a must-see movie. Simon Curtis, Adrian Hodges and the rest of the crew did an excellent job of helming this masterpiece. While it is a biopic at its core, My Week With Marilyn is also a story about love, growing pains, and the endless, ever-growing fascination for those working under the harsh but bright lights of Tinsel Town.

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My Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

My Two Cents:
Watch it in the cinema! It is currently on limited release in the Philippines and is exclusively shown at the Ayala Malls Cinemas. To check showtimes and get your tickets, go to Sureseats.com.

Other Fun Stuff:
– Ayala Malls Cinemas currently has a promo in line with the Philippine release of My Week With Marilyn wherein three lucky (3) moviegoers will get a chance to win a trip for two to Boracay. Check out the details here. Best of luck! 🙂

– Watch a behind-the-scenes look of My Week With Marilyn