My Week with Marilyn review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
Nominated this week for several BAFTA’s My Week with Marilyn tells the story of the relationship between British actor Sir Laurence Olivier and American star Marilyn Munroe as they filmed The Prince and the Showgirl a 1957 movie filmed in England.
The story is based on the true story of Colin Clark, younger brother of prolific political writer Alan Clark, who like his older brother kept a diary in which he describes an intimate and one of a kind week spent almost alone with Marilyn in a holiday cottage.
Impressively portrayed by Michelle Williams Marilyn is as seductive and enchanting as you would expect her to be; Williams is easily the star of the piece, as she must be in order to pull off such an iconic role. Although the platinum blonde hair and pouting red lips add to the visage what is more potent is the way in which she embodies the sexuality, gentleness and fear that Munroe has become so known for; you find yourself leaving the theatre seeing Munroe not simply as a 1950’s sex object but as a deep and troubled person, so excellently portrayed that you find yourself longing to reach out and comfort her.
The movie is incredibly entertaining and moving, almost overwhelmingly so, it gives a touching insight into the truth behind the screen icon that was Munroe; it is subtle and coy, insinuating sexuality without depicting definite images of sex. It gave me a whole new outlook on the physicality of Munroe, a woman whose body was and has been lusted for almost unconditionally, who in fact lacked the confidence and self esteem to truly be the sexual predator she was sometimes made out to be.
A sweet, charming and moving picture.