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My Week with Marilyn
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03.16.2012 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Simon Curtis

Actors:
Michelle Williams
Eddie Redmayne
Kenneth Branagh

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Twenty-three-year-old Colin Clark (Redmayne) takes a job as third assistant director on The Prince and the Showgirl, directed by Laurence Olivier (Branagh) and starring Marilyn Monroe (Williams), who Clark develops a brief friendship with.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Third assistant director is far from the most glamorous job in the film business. But waking up and being on the set with Marilyn Monroe every day couldn’t have been so bad.

That’s the position 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) winds up with after he talks himself onto the crew of The Prince and the Showgirl, directed by Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and headlined by Monroe (Michelle Williams).

Olivier was an Actor who thought his star to be nothing more than a body with two breasts and a mole, despite discouragement from Monroe’s acting coach Paula Strasberg (Zoë Wanamaker) and co-star Dame Sybil Thorndike (Judi Dench). It’s no wonder. She showed up late to set, forgot all of her lines, fought about her character’s motivations, and cozied up with pills.

Set five years before Monroe’s death, Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn can’t bother to mourn over her “probable suicide” and only vaguely hints at it. It is linked to that one week with Clark, who wrote the memoir The Prince, the Showgirl and Me about his experiences. Yet it can’t avoid recycling everything we’ve heard before, and so never gets to the point of shining any new light on Monroe.

Either does Michelle Williams, who was brave to take the role. Her performance exceeds mimicry, which is how many actresses have handled the role, but she, like Clark, seems incapable of penetrating the familiar.

Maybe that’s unavoidable, given Monroe’s stature. After Naomi Watts gives it a shot, no more Marilyn biopics.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Simon Curtis: In this track, Clark reflects on the production of My Week with Marilyn, touching on the cast, the movie’s themes and more.

The Untold Story of an American Icon (19:07): This featurette divides its time between The Prince and the Showgirl and its cast/crew and the cast, locations and music of My Week with Marilyn.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If Michelle Williams’ portrayal of Marilyn Monroe lacks enlightenment or dimension and Colin Clark’s first-hand account sticks to familiar traits , then there may be no hope in a great cinematic portrait of the doomed actress. My Week with Marilyn has many admirers, but it doesn’t any aspect we may be unfamiliar with. For fans, the transfers capture the 1950s look and feel, while the special features touch on both Monroe and this Oscar-nominated film.
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