Volume 2, Number 8 - DEC. 08, 2011

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British Biopic Brings Back A Blonde Bombshell

By Stteffanny Cott

Simon Curtis' 2011 British biopic My Week with Marilyn chronicles Marilyn Monroe's visit to England for the filming of the 1957 motion-picture The Prince and the Showgirl. Based on true diary accounts of young and inexperienced writer/filmmaker Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), My Week with Marilyn provides an in-depth look at the intricate and delicate character that was Monroe and how the difficulties of her severe stage fright impacted her career and public opinion.

The film follows the plethora of professional and personal problems that characterized much of Monroe's career. From her abandonment issues, heavy drug use and deep longings for love and attention, My Week with Marilyn serves more as a diary entry taken from Monroe's life than Clark's.

Michelle Williams fully embodies the blonde bombshell and superbly portrays the deep insecurities that underlined Monroe's overt sexual demeanor. Williams introduces the public to an obscure side of Monroe that is seldom seen. The "lost little girl" complex that typified Monroe is accurately portrayed and her sexuality is subtly exhibited. Williams is thoroughly believable as the erratic sex symbol, prompting those who doubted her ability to portray Monroe to (quite eloquently) put their money where their mouth is.

The ensemble cast comprises British A-listers, such as Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike and Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh. Eddie Redmayne shines as Clark and personifies the naïveté of a young fan fervently in love.

Beautiful English backdrops, precise comedic timing and a whimsical dialogue make My Week with Marilyn a cinematic experience of rather fine taste.

Surely to be nominated for several awards, My Week with Marilyn is a must-watch for both avid fans of Monroe and those who never quite understood her. And if you find yourself uninterested in Monroe's personal drama, the beautiful costuming and cinematography is sure to keep you enthralled. 

4 ½ stars

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