Friday, December 9, 2011

My Week with Marilyn

This week, I decided to go a little retro in my weekly movie and see the new movie starring Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn.

The movie follows a bit more than a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe, chronicling her time in England filming The Prince and the Showgirl, from the perspective of a young production assistant, Colin Clark, for the film. During the filming, she begins to confide and trust in the assistant, and he begins to fall in love with her. She increasingly demands his presence when she begins to feel emotional (which is fairly frequently). This puts the young man at odds with her husband (Arthur Miller), her handlers and the wardrobe girl he had begun dating. The director, Lawrence Olivier, however, welcomes the involvement, as it makes her easier to work with. But we already know how this ends, there is a reason Clark's is not a name commonly associated with the star.

Michelle Williams is easily becoming one of my favorite young actresses, and this film solidified my view of her as a growing force in Hollywood. At first thought, it's hard to imagine her as Marilyn Monroe, she doesn't really resemble her, but she really embodied the troubled woman in the film. Eddie Redmayne, who played Colin, also did a spectacular job, as did another of my rising favorites, Dominic Cooper (swoon). The movie, while not meant to be a biopic, manages to captures so much of what we know of Marilyn, although it only covers a few weeks of her life.

Mini soundtrack:

Marilyn Monroe - "That Old Black Magic"

Marilyn Monroe - "I Found a Dream"

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