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My Week with Marilyn

by

Jeff Nelson

This is a motion picture about not only moviemaking, but also true love and the hardships of trying to find oneself.

My Week with Marilyn
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Marilyn Monroe is a timeless icon. She will never be forgotten by the world no matter how much time passes. Over the years, there have been many films made about Monroe, her life, both personal and public. However, no matter how great a screenplay is, the movie can absolutely fail if the right role isn't performing as Marilyn Monroe. Since she's the central character ad there are so many levels to her character, if each one isn't captured correctly, the entire motion picture will become an absolute mess. This was my primary concern when seeing My Week with Marilyn. There's so much that can go wrong with the performance as it's most certainly an extraordinarily difficult role to capture in the correct light. Has Michelle Williams mastered Monroe or does she drag the movie down to the point of no return?

While filming a movie in England, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe slips away with a young Brit for a week of self-discovery and frivolity. The story that ensues is based on the real-life memoirs of Colin Clark, once assistant to Sir Laurence Olivier. My Week with Marilyn offers a very simple and predictable plot that all audiences can see coming from miles away. However, don't allow that to sway you from viewing this. The screenplay has its issues, but it accomplishes so much that I haven't seen in very many motion pictures about Marilyn Monroe. Even though it takes place from the perspective of Colin Clark, the audience is able to witness the personal life of Marilyn and how she was in public from the point of view of behind-the-scenes. Those who are looking for more of a documentary-feel of how she was in public will be sorely disappointed. My Week with Marilyn explores primarily how Marilyn Monroe was off of the sets and underneath the make-up. Earlier into the movie, the tone is easy and playful. The further we get into the running time, we encounter a bunch of Marilyn's emotional issues and sentimental scenes that actually work and don't come off as tacky. The dialogue is intriguing. Despite the fact that this film is dialogue-driven, my attention was placed fully into this feature. The script is overall well-written.

This leads us to one of the most crucial elements of a film such as this, the acting. Michelle Williams performs as Marilyn Monroe. I've been a fan of hers for a while now, however I wasn't sure how she would fit that role of Monroe. Well, to put it simply, she nailed it. She truly captures the character and is able to touch on many different emotions and execute them to perfection. She has added an extreme amount of depth to the character that perhaps hasn't even been seen in cinema before, but we've all read about. This is a beautifully rendered performance that couldn't have been better. Williams deserves the Oscar nomination she received for the role, however I would have liked to see her take home the statue. Eddie Redmayne plays Colin Clark. He gives a solid performance and creates a convincing attachment with Williams. They have chemistry on screen that is undeniable. Kenneth Branagh is Sir Laurence Olivier. He also delivers a very good representation of his character. Branagh also received an Oscar nomination for the character, although I haven't heard many people discuss his performance when speaking of My Week with Marilyn. This is an exceptional cast oozing with talent.

This is a motion picture about not only moviemaking, but also true love and the hardships of trying to find oneself. My Week with Marilyn offers a variety of different emotions throughout as it ends up being sentimental, tragic, humorous, and enjoyable all at the same time. The script is solid and the acting is fantastic. Michelle Williams was clearly the correct choice for this role. This movie isn't for everybody, but it was surprisingly better than I imagined it would be. Those who are interested in Marilyn Monroe as a person, and not just an entertainment icon, will find this movie to be rather intriguing. My Week with Marilyn is a recommended piece of delightful filmmaking.

My Rating = Four Stars

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