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This review is from: My Week with Marilyn (DVD)
Marilyn Monroe captured the public eye until her death from a drug overdose when she was 36 in 1962. Five years before her death, she played an American showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier in the British movie The Prince and the Showgirl. The movie wasn't a big hit. During the production of the movie Marilyn developed a friendship with one of the assistant directors, Colin Clark, following the departure of her husband (then), Arthur Miller. This movie is based on Clark's much later biography which detailed his liaison with Marilyn. The depth of Clark's intimacy with Marilyn as portrayed in his book has been questioned.
The movie is entertaining but slow moving. Michelle Williams is the star, as Marilyn would have been. She portrays a broody, moody, petulant and spoiled star with a hint of naiveté. In general, my reaction was, what's all the fuss? The sultry, sexy, melt your heart Marilyn was hard to find.
Kenneth Branagh is fun to watch as Laurence Olivier and Eddie Redmayne is a cute, likeable Colin Clark.