My Week With Marilyn

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Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) forges a brief, charged connection with a young man who came to understand her better than anyone - a 23-year-old lowly production hand (Eddie Redmayne) on the set of the film "The Prince And The Showgirl."
Simon Curtis
Michelle WilliamsKenneth BranaghEddie Redmayne
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KC GreenReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Movie -BUT- Terrible Version**
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First off, my rating isn't a verdict against the movie.. Michelle Williams truly, shines in her portrayal of Marilyn. Instead this advertised Blu Ray movie bears no resemblance to what I received. Instead of Blu Ray + DVD, there was only one disc. Although that singular disc was identified as Blu Ray, the poor color saturation and grainy picture was equal to a poor quality DVD, and possessed no qualities even close to a good DVD, let alone sharpness and clarity a person expects from Blu Ray. Although Blu Ray versions of this movie are supposed to be released in 5.1 DTS audio, sound quality of this movie was muddled and possibly equal to someone might expect from a lower-priced DVD.

In-short, this is one of my all time favorite movies and one I would not hesitate to recommend, both for its enchanting story line, as well as supurb acting and the film's ability to capture the essence of an era unlike any other film, before or since. This makes it all the more painful that a copy so poorly executed could lower the quality of such a stunning film. As a result, I returned this movie, and purchased a later (2012) two-disc release of this movie, with a gold banner at the top, identifying the Academy Awards attributed to "My Week with Marilyn". That version is in 1080p resolution Wide Screen Blu Ray, with 5.1 DTS Surround Sound, and includes the second DVD disc. It is worth looking for this video, since it is not much more expensive, and a far better value than this version.
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Michelle Williams Shines as Marilyn Monroe!
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Simon Curtis directs his magnum opus with his 2011 movie My Week with Marilyn. Curtis captures the most beautiful lighting in his excellent cinematic shots. Curtis' cinematography is compelling all the way into this sweet drama. Lovely scenes set up with care give way to powerful performances in this emotional biopic of an older Marilyn Monroe.

Michelle Williams is the real star of My Week with Marilyn. Williams portrays Marilyn Monroe with a seductive charm as well as a curious sadness. Williams perfectly expresses the emotional insecurity that Monroe suffered from with a respectful take on her drug addiction. Monroe's mood swings and depression couple together nicely with her joyless marriage. Williams plays Monroe's flirtatious movie star with a delicate innocence and a playful wonder. She always has this sweetness as Marilyn that draws you in deeper. She really is the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe and nails her dainty whisper voice that Monroe always sported. Michelle Williams gets you to fall in love with Marilyn Monroe, while simultaneously empathizing with her unhappiness. Michelle Williams is a delight!

Kenneth Branagh is superb as Sir Laurence Olivier. He gets Olivier's fervor for plays and serious acting as well as his frustration with Marilyn's inability to act. Branagh is so believable as the dramatic lead actor that just wants to make great films. You see how uncomfortable Marilyn makes him. Branagh is also very funny as the disgruntled legendary actor that must cope deal with the perpetually late, drugged up, incompetent, and inconsistent actress that was Marilyn Monroe. Kenneth Branagh has many moments of clarity that break through to you wherein you see his passion for acting and film making. It's an incredible supporting role from Branagh.

Finally, Eddie Redmayne is the new guy in Hollywood that is equally dazzled by the glamour of movie making and the charms of Marilyn Monroe. He matches his character arc with an eagerness to help make movie magic, then he must experience heartbreak to mature. It's a nice character portrait of a young man of the times. I liked Redmayne in My Week with Marilyn quite a bit.

Watch My Week with Marilyn for a heartbreaking look behind the screen Marilyn, behind the scenes of movie production, and a great many laughs at the ridiculousness of it all. Michelle Williams solidifies her place in movie history with her beautifully subtle depiction of Marilyn Monroe's emotional pain. My Week with Marilyn is one of the most nuanced films about a hurt Hollywood legend.
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R. Edward Merrell, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
"That's what she does. She breaks hearts. She'll break yours."
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Marilyn Monroe was still a huge star when I reached my teens just as "The Prince and the Showgirl" was being filmed in 1957. I had a huge crush on her...just as most kids my age and older. I saw many of her films in the theater back then and have viewed most of them since. She was a huge star of course (ranked #6 among all female actors by AFI) and sex symbol; and with the right role and direction, she was also an excellent actress. I never knew back then how troubled and fragile and insecure she was; how difficult she was to work with; or about her prescription drug and alcohol abuse. This film is only a mini-biopic of Marilyn, but it does a great job of portraying her as she was in 1957, when she had already started down the road that led to her premature death. Michelle Williams, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Monroe, and is also drop-dead gorgeous, performs masterfully in the title role. Eddie Redmayne, in a breakout performance, also performs superbly as the young starstruck assistant director, Colin Clark, who is assigned to keep up w/Marilyn; and in the process, gains her confidence and falls in love w/her. The story is fact based, adapted from Clark's two books on his time w/Marilyn in 1957. The director and co-star of "The Prince and the Showgirl", was the great actor, Sir Lawrence Olivier, played by Kenneth Branagh, in his usual outstanding manner. Also look for excellent performances from Judi Dench who plays actress, Sybil Thorndike; and Emma Watson, in one of her first roles outside the "Harry Potter" series; as a wardrobe assistant, who is Colin's love interest before and after his week with Marilyn. This is a great of the 10 best of 2011 in my opinion.
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MysticMuse61Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
This one from the young man who falls in love and wants to rescue her from her 'life in ...
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I would not presume to say how accurate this view of Marilyn is. having read virtually every book about her life I can get my hands on it seems several men claimed to have a 'private, personal' relationship with her that escaped the notice of the world media...
I CAN say that this is a marvelous portrayal of the 'helpless female' persona that so captivated every man who saw her movies and most who met her. This one from the young man who falls in love and wants to rescue her from her 'life in movies' that seems to be the root of her unhappiness. However, her single-minded determination to be a star rears its head...
Well worth the watcher's time no matter which of the many 'sides' of Marilyn you tend to believe in, and the acting is on all counts excellent-especially Kenneth Brannagh as Laurence Olivier
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DVDviewerReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good with effort
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I was surprised to see that Michelle Williams was able to portray the spirit of Marilyn Monroe. Since Monroe is super famous...we already know she is charismatic and beautiful. Williams is beautiful too, but she can't capture what makes Monroe so captivating, so the movie makes no sense at all...unless you do what I did, and just think "I know how the real film Monroe is." My imagination filled the holes and helped flesh out the Monroe portrayal. This only works with effort. But if you just watch the film passively...I am guessing the viewer has no idea why anyone cares about Monroe....
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RMurray847Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining film, a treat for show-biz lovers
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Although I have enjoyed my share of Marilyn Monroe movies, I've never been obsessed with her or made it my business to read biographical info on her. I certainly know she died young, was married to DiMaggio & Miller, etc. Thus, I cannot speak even remotely to the truthfulness of MY WEEK WITH MARILYN. I can say, however, that it was an interesting film that engaged my interest throughout, and that it features an eye-opening performance from Michelle Williams.

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN covers the time period when Marilyn came over to England to star in Laurence Olivier's PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL. Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) was directing and co-starring, and felt that Monroe would guarantee a big hit. For me, as someone who worked for YEARS in theater, I was in many ways most interested in seeing the clash of acting styles between Monroe & Olivier. Monroe was trying to be a method actor (and she travelled with her own acting coach)...which sometimes seems like a crutch she is using when she's feeling insecure. Olivier was more old-school, where acting was more about craft and instinct and timing and delivery. When the two great movie stars come together, sparks fly. But they aren't the sparks that create movie magic...they create friction and frustration. I enjoyed watching all the British actors struggling to deal with Monroe's "method" of acting. (Best of the bunch was watching Judi Dench, doing all she could to help Marilyn...she gives a delightful performance in a tiny role.)

The movie is told from the point of view of Third Assistant Director Colin Clark (on whose memoir the film is based). Clark is a young man, new to the film business, who essentially is the gopher for Olivier and everyone else involved in the film. He forges an unlikely friendship with Monroe, who briefly comes to trust him more than anyone else around. This alliance lasts about a week (hence the title), where Colin is practically living with Monroe, even sleeping in her bed to offer comfort. There are broad hints that some of Monroe's erratic behavior is due to drugs, but for the most part, the film portrays her as very insecure and lonely and misunderstood. While the film doesn't shy away from the ugly aspects of her life, it is safe to say they are left unexplored.

The film is a fairly loving tribute to Monroe. While she can be difficult, she is always shown fairly sympathetically. Actually, almost everyone in the film is sympathetic. Olivier occasionally blusters and acts out...but honestly, we can understand his frustration. Overall, he comes off well. The movie FEELS evenhanded and's a nice mood.

Best of all is Michelle Williams. She's done good work before, but much of it has felt SIMILAR. She seems to play contemporary women grappling with some level of demons. (BLUE VALENTINE, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN). Her characters may have inner strength (MEEK'S CUTOFF, WENDY AND LUCY), but they aren't usually dynamic, charismatic, loud women. In MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, we see a side of her that has not been much on display, and my estimation of her jumped up accordingly. Her Marilyn is touching and grappling with demons, but she is also sexy and wildly charismatic. When Williams portrays the "public" Marilyn, handling rabid fans or a crazy press conference...she acts so "non-Michelle Williams-like" that I was quite impressed. Her many accolades were much deserved. Branagh also does a great Olivier. It's perhaps a bit more of an impression that a fully-realized performance...but he's charming and convincing and clearly having a ball with the role. Others don't fare quite as well. Emma Watson is bland (thanks to the script) as Colin's girlfriend; Dougray Scott doesn't get to do much as Arthur Miller and Julia Ormond is miscast as Olivier's wife, Vivien Leigh.

This is not a deeply revelatory film, but it is highly entertaining and the time flies by. The art & costume direction is flawless, including the reconstructions of many scenes from Monroe films. It's a feel-good film about a real life person who was nearly on the brink of self-destruction. That's contradictory, I know...but that's how the film felt. It is certainly worth a look.
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F. S. L'hoirReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Trouble with Marilyn
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I was pleasantly surprised by this film, for which I had few expectations (I certainly enjoyed Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like It Hot" and "All About Eve", but I would never have called myself one of her fans). The photogenic Michelle Williams's seemingly unstudied portrayal of Marilyn certainly measures up to Academy standards, and British A-list actors Kenneth Brannagh, Judy Dench, and Michael Kitchen are top-drawer, as one might expect. Zoë Wanamaker is terrific as Paula Strasberg, whose sycophantic solution seems to be part of Marilyn's problem; and Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne are very pleasant in their roles.

The spectacular English countryside, with the camera's visits to Eton and Windsor Castle, is well worth the price of the DVD. And Alexander Desplat's musical score, realised by Lang Lang's singular artistry at the piano, contributes to the tissue-thin ambience of the film's what-might-have-been scenario. For me, the only sour note is Julia Ormonde's portrayal of Vivien Leigh, whom I remember as being just as vulnerable, troubled, and lovely--even in her 40s--as Monroe was in her 30s. It seems to me that the director could have made a far more interesting film if he had compared and contrasted the two women and what their effect must have been on Olivier's psyche during the months of filming; but that possibility was overlooked in the casting of Ormond, whose characterisation of Olivier's unhappy wife is as hard as nails.

I found the most fascinating aspect of "Marilyn" to be in the recreation of the filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl." No, Michelle Williams is not the spit and image of Marilyn Monroe, but, for me she suggests her essence. Nor does Kenneth Brannagh resemble Lawrence Olivier, but his performance and hers certainly create a reasonable facsimile of what might have happened during the confrontation between Olivier, the immovable object, and Monroe, the irresistible force.

After all, who could hope to capture the exact reproduction of a cultural icon?
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Andrew EllingtonReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
A week isn't enough to make this stick...
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I remember when this film was released. All the major complaints filtering in where that the film felt too much like a `made for television' movie and not a theatrical picture. I can't say that that isn't the case, because this film just doesn't really feel like a movie. That doesn't mean that this film isn't entertaining, because it is (and a large part of that is thanks to Kenneth Branagh), but at the end of the day it also feels a tad empty and it certainly doesn't say a whole lot about any of the figures depicted, Monroe included. It tries to break into the fragile creature that flirted with the world and hid her pain with a mask of sensuality, but it doesn't quite succeed. Instead it merely serves as a series of sequences that allow the actors to deliver fun dialog and recreate moments from 1957's `The Prince and the Showgirl'.

`My Week With Marilyn' centers on a young man named Colin who desperately wants to break into the movies. He gets his chance after a chance meeting with Laurence Olivier and a little determination lands him the third directors assistant position on the production of `The Prince and the Showgirl'. Through non-judgmental eyes he watches Marilyn and Olivier clash over acting styles, and he watches the world fall apart under the spell of greatness; Monroe.

Michelle Williams tried to snag an Oscar for her portrayal of Monroe, and she probably came closer than some think. Mimicry is something the Academy salivates over, and Williams surpasses expectations with her layered portrayal of the complicated movie star. She doesn't exactly mirror her in the way that Streep mirrored Thatcher (which is probably why Streep won the Oscar, and not Williams) but she infuses the common perception of her with something special. It's just a shame that the film doesn't give her enough substance. It pretends to, and from outward appearance it may, but when one digs a little deeper there isn't much here. As special as Williams is, it really is Branagh who steals the show. He nails Olivier's frantic obsession with Monroe and his jilted perception of his own talents and future. He furrows his brow and clenches his teeth and ann-un-ci-ates with pitch perfect command of the character.

And so, we are left with a fun little film that gets some right and leaves a lot to be desired. With the prospects of deeper insight, I'm saddened that this film didn't do more to make Monroe feel real and alive, outside of a spirited performance by the film's lead. The ending feels tacked on, and the apparent impact that Monroe had on all involved feels lost on the audience because her antics always feel laced with mere fluff. Maybe the film is just too short to produce any genuineness, and then again, maybe the script is just too concerned with other things.
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