My Week with Marilyn (2011)
IMDb rating: 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 83%Watch full movie now
This fascinating film is based on the diaries of Colin Clark, a 23-year-old assistant who spent a week with Marilyn Monroe while working on the set of Laurence Olivier’s film The Prince and the Showgirl. For one week, in the summer of 1957, Marilyn escapes the pressures of work and her Hollywood fans as the two explore the joys of life in Britain.
Michelle Williams is outstanding as Monroe and critics agree her performance is reason enough to watch My Week with Marilyn.
- “Williams locates a central truth, the contradictory allure of this utterly impossible woman – mercurial, vain, foolish, but also intelligent in some very primal way and achingly vulnerable.” – Time
- “Brilliantly playing doomed ’50s sex bomb Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Williams gets under the skin of the troubled yet vulnerable icon in a way no one else ever has. ” – New York Post.
- “The luminous Michelle Williams goes bone-deep here. Monroe’s beauty was one of a kind. No one, not even Williams, can act it. What Williams does, with fierce artistry and feeling, is illuminate Monroe’s insights and insecurities about herself at the height of her fame. Her scenes with a superb Kenneth Branagh, his wit martini-dry as the thin-lipped, defensive Olivier, ignite. Less potent is Monroe’s flirtation with Colin (Eddie Redmayne, solid nonetheless). It took a toll on Monroe to look effortlessly buoyant on camera. Williams lets us see why. It’s a great, soulful performance. Sit back and behold.” – Rolling Stone magazine