Review by Lucia Santiago Dantes
Many people think of Marilyn Monroe as a glamorous young Hollywood star who had it all, and for most of the part it was true. But it was also true that behind that flawless face there was a human being full of insecurities and doubts about her life, beauty and talent. Based on the 2 books written by Colin Clark (“The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me: Six Months on the Set With Marilyn and Olivier” and “My week with Marilyn”) “My Week with Marilyn opens today in theatres across Canada.
The story is simple and it’s based of a true story told by Colin Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne) himself accounting the days he spend with Marilyn Monroe in England during production of Laurence Olivier’s “The Showgirl and Me”. Michelle Williams does an excellent job portraying the famous face that even Madonna made an homage. To accomplish her job, Williams had to gain some weight, learn all Monroe’s mannerisms and even how to walk like the gorgeous sixties icon. Needless to say it paid out at the end. The resemblance is astonishing!
What Director Simon Curtis achieves in the movie, is that a good glimpse at the rumored Marilyn Monroe: her dependence to barbiturates, her troubles to get on set on time, but also her dependence to her coach Paula Strasberg (Zoë Wanamaker) and of course Olivier’s (Kenneth Branagh) hastiness about Monroe’s insecurities.