I’ve long been a Marilyn Monroe admirer. She seems to be the very definition of sexy. Zac went to see My Week with Marilyn at the theaters and loved it, so when I received it on Blu-Ray I was very excited.
The storyline seemed to be mesmerizing with Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier filming together and falling short of one another’s expectations. It promised juicey with Monroe seducing the young assistant director once her husband, Arthur Miller, leaves town and the drama of Vivienne Leigh worried Monroe will have her husband, Laurence Olivier leaving her due to her age.
But it falls incredibly short of exciting, maybe even entertaining.
While I believe she was beautiful, I also believe Marilyn Monroe was intelligent. I’m in no way minimizing how the camera captured her…fluttery eyelashes, pouty lips. It’s why she became the icon.
The story is told from the perspective of Colin, a college graduate, dreaming of being a director and his one week in 1956 where his dream comes true as he works with the sensational Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier.
The film captures the egos of both Monroe and Olivier as they try and share the camera in The Prince and The Showgirl. Kenneth Branagh plays an incredibly dramatic Olivier.
Since the film was from Colin’s perspective and he falls in love with her, I expected to see a more beautiful image of Marilyn. Instead he painted her as, I’m sure she was, insecure, difficult and popping pills. There were no secrets divulged here that haven’t already been whispered by the media a thousand times.
Michelle Williams is beautiful in her own right, but aside from her hair and a beauty mark, her resemblance is mild, though at times I did find it uncanny. Perhaps, regardless of who played Marilyn, capturing her allure is impossible.
My husband fell asleep during the film. I held on, thinking it was going to pick up. Instead it seemed to repeat scene after scene as Marilyn was late for filming, whined for her assistant to help her with “character”. It was repetition of these things, carried on by her arrival which was sheer sparkle!
My Week with Marilyn is based on Colin Clark’s novels.
I found the love story to be unremarkable. Perhaps it’s flirt is that it was Marilyn Monroe who captured his first love. It offers the cliche that one will do anything for love as Colin starts out a dedicated worker who will go to any lengths to be in the film industry and then we watch it implode as he falls for Marilyn and defies his bosses to stay close to Marilyn.
The film portrays Monroe as difficult and with a head full of bubbles. After watching My Week with Marilyn, my opinion is that is filled with air and offers no real substance.
My Week With Marilyn is set to release on Blu-Ray and DVD March 13.
Did you see this movie? What are your thoughts?
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