Movie Review – My Week With Marilyn

So after a week of feeling like death, I finally started feeling better. Now that I’ve semi-caught up with my missed school work, I’m starting this back up. The movie I picked to review is one that’s been out for quite a while but I’ve just never got around to reviewing it. I’m not a big Marilyn Monroe fan, at all. However, I decided to give the movie a chance because nothing else lately has been very good. I figured it couldn’t hurt. I came away with mixed feelings about it though.

I thought the acting was spot on. Michelle Williams plays the complex Marilyn Monroe and does a wonderful job at portraying the complexity of her as a person. Throughout the movie, you really get a feel for how insecure, fragile, and vulnerable that Marilyn really was. It’s quite easy to understand why she so often turn to drugs. Eddie Redmayne, who plays Colin Clark, does a fairly good job in his role as well, but was upstaged, in my opinion, by Kenneth Branagh, who plays Sir Laurence Olivier. However, Michelle Williams is what makes the movie. The acting definitely gets a 5 out of 5 in my opinion.

Now we get to the script and the directing. I thought this is where the ball was dropped. The movie is good enough that it keeps you interested for the 95+ minutes or so, but it doesn’t really leave any lingering effects after. It gives a sense of the characters just being held down throughout the movie, and they are never really able to break free. It’s just borderline depressing to watch. Also, the fact that the movie is set around Colin Clark’s memoir, all the attention (as is expected) is on Marilyn. It would have been nice to have tied up his character a little more than it does in the end. However, I still think that despite the somberness of it, it does a decent job of keeping you watching throughout the movie and it doesn’t seem to last very long.

Overall, I’m going to give the movie a 4 out of 5. The acting of Williams is worth the movie alone. Without her, it’d probably be a 1 out of 5. But I would definitely recommend checking the movie out sometime. It’ll be a good date movie if your girl is into Marilyn Monroe.


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