My Week With Marilyn

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
My Week With Marilyn
In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, 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. When his diary account was published, one week was missing. This is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.


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Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh

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Jan 05, 2015
  • nfentonn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the movie very much,
Michelle Williams does an Oscar worthy performance. I never understood the fascination with Marilyn but Michelle brings it out.

Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In 1956 Marilyn Monroe was in England filming The Prince and the Showgirl directed by co-star Sir Laurence Olivier. Based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, Olivier’s personal assistant, Simon Curtis’ intimate drama tells of the tensions between an addled Monroe who arrived with her usual retinue of sycophants, babysitters, and pill pushers, and the quick-tempered Olivier who was driven to distraction by Marilyn’s mountain of idiosyncrasies yet secretly envied her natural acting ability. Emotionally fragile and chronically insecure, Marilyn is attracted to the star-struck Colin’s quiet honesty leading to a tenuous friendship in which screen icon and gofer find themselves unexpected confidants. However, as they begin to spend more time together Clark’s star worship turns to heartfelt concern, for not only is his idol beset with a host of demons but her entourage seem determined to keep her in a hazy state of compliance through a combination of prescription drugs and ingratiating pep talks. With her current marriage in trouble and an increasingly impatient Olivier demanding more of her time, Colin slowly realizes that simply holding Marilyn’s hand is never going to be enough. Although the cast is uniformly superb, Michelle Williams’ Monroe is phenomenal. A mix of sex kitten and movie star, she shows us an enormously talented actress bewildered by the widening gap between the public legend she’s become and the lonely, vulnerable woman she actually is; used and exploited at every turn yet sadly unable to let go of the attention. Where the movie suffered for me however was in Colin Clark’s overly-sentimental recollections. From the lazy afternoon skinny-dip to the midnight spooning and whispered confidences, how much is fact and how much is just wistful invention? It certainly looks good on the big screen, and as an author-cum-filmmaker himself I’m sure Clark has a knack for telling us exactly what we want to hear. But then again, “based on a true story” has never worked well for me.

Dec 05, 2014
  • HopeButterfly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent movie all around. Loved all the actors in this. Will probably watch again down the road.

Dec 05, 2014

It's hard to portray such a glorious and over-the-top actress like Marilyn Munroe. Michelle Williams does have a child-like quality about her but I'm afraid not a match for this icon.

Oct 03, 2014

An interesting film, Michelle Williams surprises in the role of Marilyn.

Jul 25, 2014
  • SusannahElf rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

If Michelle Williams had displayed one tenth of the magnetism and charm of the actress she is attempting to portray here, I might have watched more than 20 minutes of this movie. Boring, cliched and having nothing to add to the Marilyn mystique.

Jul 16, 2014
  • mjayh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

As the New York Times movie reviewer put it, "The film offers a catalog of Monroe stereotypes..." And of Eddie Redmayne's role as Colin Clark: "role of many smiles and little depth". Still, Marilyn the tragic-but-luminous goddess does shine through Michelle Williams' performance. The other stars involved haven't much to offer other than their celebrity appeal. The story is not particularly interesting or relevant. A disappointment.

Apr 26, 2014
  • geomillar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another great British film supposedly based on fact. I loved it.

Mar 25, 2014
  • kah_chan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the film totally and it really shows that actors are human and they need privacy and their own moments to feel happy and to grieve.

It was a tragedy to lose a super star at such a young age .....

Mar 06, 2014

michelle williams as the skinny 2000's marilyn, take a look at the prince and the showgirl to see the 1957 marilyn

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Mar 25, 2013
  • jessadam2 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I am and will always be a Michelle Williams fan. Been watching a lot of her films lately. I think it all started with that Sarah Polly directed film.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Milton Greene (to Colin Clark): "That's what she does, she breaks hearts. She'll break yours."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sir Laurence Olivier (to Colin Clark): "Remember boy... When it comes to women, you're never too old for humiliation."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sir Laurence Olivier: "Marilyn, my darling, you are an angel, and I kiss the hem of your garment, but why can't you get here on time, for the love of F*CK?" Marilyn Monroe: "Oh, you have that word in England too, huh?"


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