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"All People Ever See Is Marilyn Monroe ... As Soon As They Don't See Her, They Run" - Marilyn,
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This review is from: My Week With Marilyn (Amazon Instant Video)
While observing this solely on the movie's merit, not if it may or may not be factual being based on the personal diaries of Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), I definitely enjoyed this story. A glimpse into one week of the iconic status of Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) is a provocative notion. I found Williams a quick study in the subtleties of her charge and extremely brave to step up to this kind of demand. Williams fleshes out Monroe in a solemnization. She neither fully inhabits nor imitates her as much as she celebrates the Marilyn Monroe everyone could appreciate. I found her quite able to balance Monroe's obvious intelligence along with her shaky naivety at the same time. Of course, Williams could never replicate Marilyn Monroe in a performance, the physicality of the two is widely different among other things, although I saw her bring the nuances and idiosyncrasies of Monroe's personality to life. Her stage presence, sexuality, innocence and vulnerability are all well shown.
Into London of 1955 comes the filming of the anticipated movie "The Prince and the Showgirl". A young, and obviously obsessed with the film business, Colin Clark, is able to get involved with the production, but more so with the object of his desire, Marilyn Monroe. He offers her a certain freedom with his friendship during an immense time of fragility for her; providing laughter, hushed conversations, free-spirited romps, and the ability to escape everything. The film presented in this way shows the almost over-importance of Clark in the making of Olivier's movie concerning his handling of Marilyn Monroe alone. But of course, this is all done from his point of view, his ideas and beliefs.
While the acting is all amazing, a complete stand out for me was Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier. He pulled perfection into his portrayal of the ego driven icon that he was himself. His mannerisms, temperament, perfectionism, and vocal all screamed "Olivier". The renowned stage actor coming into the making of this movie was a huge transition, especially with wanting to cast a 'movie star', Marilyn Monroe, alongside him.
An understated Vivien Leigh - 'Lady Olivier' - (Julia Ormond), shows an ease in her position of his wife and a more vulnerable side with her adoration of her husband. The wonderfully astute Dame Sybil Thorndike (Judi Dench) lends a firm hand and a necessary leading guidance within her performance. In "The Prince and the Showgirl" she was the softest and caring anchor for Monroe's shaky resolve and awestruck times during the filming. This all happening as Olivier's control was escaping him. She remained soothing and tried to keep a balance between the two actors and the two egos.
"My Week With Marilyn" is just that; according to Colin Clark. His week, from his diaries, and adapted from his book. Done with this leaning it may be hard to swallow its validity without suspending some disbelief. With taking this all into mind, I thoroughly enjoyed the film and have watched it several times.