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      My Week With Marilyn

      2011, Drama, 1h 41m

      189 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      Michelle Williams shines in My Week with Marilyn, capturing the magnetism and vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe. Read critic reviews

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      In 1956 England, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) lands a job as a production assistant on the set of "The Prince and the Showgirl," starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Marilyn is also honeymooning with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller, but the combined pressure of work and the demands of the Hollywood hangers-on is driving her to exhaustion. When Miller departs for Paris, Colin seizes the opportunity, to give Marilyn respite during a week in the idyllic British countryside.

      • Rating: R (Some Language)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Simon Curtis

      • Producer: David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein

      • Writer: Adrian Hodges

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $85.3K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Weinstein Co.

      • Production Co: BBC, Trademark Films

      Cast & Crew

      Michelle Williams
      Kenneth Branagh
      Dominic Cooper
      Julia Ormond
      Judi Dench
      Zoë Wanamaker
      Toby Jones
      Derek Jacobi
      Dougray Scott
      Adrian Hodges
      Jamie Laurenson
      Simon Curtis
      Ivan Mactaggart
      Christine Langan
      Bob Weinstein
      Kelly Carmichael
      Ben Smithard
      Adam Recht
      Conrad Pope
      Donal Woods
      Charmian Adams
      Judy Farr
      Jill Taylor

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      • May 20, 2021

        Here's an interesting English film in that it's about the making of another, older - by 55 years! - English film, one that's mainly forgotten anymore but for the tragic star at its center: Marilyn Monroe (brilliantly affected by Michelle Williams). Eddie Redmayne plays a young man smitten with the movies whose dream comes true (and how!) when he not only gets to work in film but gets to work side-by-side with one of the lasting icons. Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judy Dench, and Derek Jacoby, among others, who are English film royalty themselves play older English film royalty playing Carpathian royalty visiting Britain in a light inconsequential romantic comedy, who all recognize that Marilyn was something different, something special and apart. And there's the point of this work, not the film that they were working on, or whatever events may or may not have transpired in the process, but rather simply the English appreciation and love of an American star. It's a nice postcard from overseas saying, "Missing you" delivered with Brit charm.

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      • Aug 15, 2017

        My Week With Marilyn showcases how powerful Monroe really was. Perhaps not in the sense of authority, but her ability to be the most important person in a room. On a stage, down a street or even waltzing through a school, everyone knew who she was. Her acclaim and beauty was able to captivate everyone. And yet beneath the surface was a troubled young woman where the pressure of work and Hollywood drove her to depression and doubting her own self-belief. Her inexperienced training and method acting contrasted with Laurence Olivier's more traditional and thespian approach, I thought that was conveyed well. If you wanted to watch a film about Monroe's psychological decline, unfortunately this is not the film (although I think it would've benefitted exploring that route). This focusses on the difficult production of The Prince and the Showgirl and the sweet innocent love between third assistant director Colin Clark and Monroe. It's a story that is much about him as it is Monroe. Director Simon Curtis was able to capture the fragility and inevitable heartbreak that one goes through when attempting to pursue their first love. There is a thought provoking line towards the end that reads "our first love is such sweet despair" and is extremely apparent here. This is an actor's film, and what I mean by that is the acting is the primary method of captivation. No visuals, no divisiveness...just outstanding acting. Michelle Williams exhumed elegance and definitely transformed herself to not only look like Monroe but vocally sound like her. It was breathtaking to watch. Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh were both excellent also and the wealth of British talent was wonderful to watch. I appreciated the narrative to be presented in a cheery and more delightful manner, it makes the experience more uplifting and classy. Whilst I would've liked the exploration into Monroe's depression and addiction to drugs, alcohol etc. I did think the story itself was enthralling enough to be adapted. It's brief, it's concise and it's lovely to watch.

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      • Aug 10, 2013

        I love Michelle Williams here. She shines as Marilyn Monroe, I was expecting to catch a flaw but none, Michelle Williams is the right choice to portray the blonde bombshell. Although, the movie itself is far from a good movie. The script is weak but executed well with brilliant casts such as Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. 6/10.

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      • Jul 29, 2013

        Some wonderful central performances, but sadly everything else is very so-so.

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