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My Week with Marilyn
My Week with Marilyn

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Eddie Redmayne, Michelle Williams
Nov 23, 2011
R, 1 hr. 39 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Dougray Scott, Julia Ormond, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, Toby Jones, ZoŽ Wanamaker
Director: Simon Curtis
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Nov 23, 2011
DVD Release: Mar 13, 2012
Synopsis: In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller (Dougray Scott). Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn - this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. -- (C) Weinstein

Critic Reviews

  • David Thomson, The New Republic
    I believe the heart of the film, and the cleverest stroke of all, is Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark, someone few of us will have heard of.
  • Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
    That's all familiar lore but, to his credit, director Simon Curtis lays out these separate ambitions and conflicting tensions with breezy dispatch in the early frames.
  • Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
    A dubious idea done in by Adrian Hodges's shallow script and Simon Curtis's clumsy direction.
  • Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
    [Williams] floats through the movie, perfectly capturing Monroe's way of rhythmically whispering through a song, looking softly frightened when uncertain, and not strolling so much as delicately oozing across the floor.
  • Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Williams is a more three-dimensional Monroe than the love goddess herself. The performance is both an eerie imitation and a touching revelation.
  • Peter Howell, Toronto Star
    Curtis occasionally takes his characters out of Pinewood, but they're never really set free, either in physical or emotional terms.
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
    Michelle Williams plays Monroe, and she's a wonder.
  • James Rocchi, MSN Movies
    It's too bad that Williams didn't have a script or director that would have given the film a better chance of attaining greatness.
  • Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
    [Williams] captures not only Monroe's fragility but also the guile and gumption beneath it. What she can't capture, of course, is Monroe's aura, and without it, the performance comes across as something more than mimicry but less than incandescence.
  • William Goss,
    It's an easy emotional rollercoaster to put an audience through, and while Williams nails the breathy voice and flickers of doubt, her work here is never allowed to feel truly effortless.
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