Tuesday, February 09, 2016

My Week with Marilyn

The Gist: Young Colin Clark, a recent Oxford graduate, is passionate to work in the movie business. He's reluctantly hired by Sir Laurence Olivier for the production of The Prince and the Showgirl, in which Olivier starred with Marilyn Monroe. Colin is charged with making sure that Monroe, who is very self-conscious, paranoid, and hard to work with, gets to set on time. Slowly, a special relationship develops between Marilyn and Colin.

My Week with Marilyn is a very well made movie that rotates around three great actors, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Williams, and Eddie Redmayne.

This was the first time I saw Redmayne act and he's brilliant. Branagh is always great. But it's Williams who is absolutely stunning. Her performance is flawless and while it's very tricky to play such an iconic figure, Williams is so talented that it really feels like it's Marilyn right there onscreen.

The Bottom Line: A really well made movie, My Week with Marilyn might seem like a movie only cinephiles would appreciate, but I'd recommend it for sure.

Grade: 8

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