Movie Review: My Week with Marilyn (2011)

Marilyn Monroe was a cultural phenomenon that was larger than life in the 1960's but if we're going to take the portrait My Week with Marilyn paints, she was a fragile woman that wanted a lot of affirmation and recognition for her talents.

The story is an account of Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne), a production staff member that got close to the Marilyn Monroe (played by Michelle Williams) for a week (hence the title, duh!). Marilyn struggled mightily as she worked with distinguished thespian Sir Laurence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh) but eventually pulled through with their film "The Prince and The Showgirl."

If you ask me, the film's story was pretty flat and had little drama-- it's primarily an acting vehicle for Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh (who incidentally got critical nods in the Golden Globes and Oscars). Apart from that, most folks will probably root for Marilyn The Acting Underdog and loathe Olivier The Iron-fisted Director.

I'm not a fan of Marilyn Monroe but My Week with Marilyn gives a generation a peek of what she was all about behind the spotlight.

Rating: 3/5

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