Saturday, March 3, 2012

Last night

Last night I was lucky enough to go and see My Week with Marilyn, which for a while didn't seem like it was going to be screened at my local cinema! Where I live the film has clearly been understated and only one of the cinemas shows it and with very few screenings. It's a shame really because it's been pushed aside for the main stream and higher grossing films.

I could go on and on and on about this movie because it is truly one of a kind. The acting skills of all the actors, but in particular Michelle Williams are amazing. Williams portrays Marilyn spot on, and from all the biopic movies about Marilyn that there are, this one comes out the best. I'm sure I'm not the only one with this opinion but whenever you watch a Marilyn Monroe film, she is utterly mesmerising. And Michelle Williams had me, and I'm sure everyone, fooled.

The movie itself follows the brief moments a 23 year old third assistant has with her. Colin Clarke, like many of the men, becomes bewitched by all that she is, and at 7 years her junior falls in love with her. The movie is set whilst Marilyn was working with Laurence Olivier filming The Prince and the Showgirl. So it also touches on Marilyn's reported bad behaviour and crazy antics while filming.

While Colin spends his magical week with Marilyn he witnesses the cracks behind the Marilyn Monroe mirage. Monroe in fact wasn't loved by her mother as a child, her mother was sent to an asylum at a young age and as a result Marilyn has many deep-rooted issues. Her manager and acting coach pump her with pills to try and maintain her problems and keep her on a short leash, but in turn make them worse.

Judi Dench, whom we all love her, also has a minor role in this film. She plays the late Dame Sybil Thorndike and as always does it tremendously.

If you've ever had a fascination with Marilyn Monroe this film is definitely worth seeing as it offers a different insight into her life and one that often isn't often unveiled. It also gives you a glimpse of Marilyn behind the public persona she created.

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