Monday, March 19, 2012

Now Available on DVD and Blu-Ray: My Week with Marilyn, Starring Michelle WIlliams (Review)


In the early summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, 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 and Marilyn Monroe, who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller.

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. 

My Thoughts:

Growing up, I became a fan of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, when I was introduced to their films.  Seven Year's Itch was my favorite Marilyn film.  And, over the years I have read several books about Marilyn, which dealt with her tough upbringing, to her rise as the infamous blond bombshell, to her unexpected death.  People have formed their own opinions of Marilyn Monroe, based upon what they have read or seen, but thanks to this movie, which starred Michelle Williams, you can truly catch a glimpse of this beloved icon.

I wasn't able to see this movie when it was released at the theaters, but have been eagerly awaiting its arrival to DVD.  And, over the weekend, I sat down with my husband to watch it.  Prior to watching this movie, my husband only knew of Marilyn from her famous photo -- her in the white dress, standing over a grate, while she held her dress down.  Other than that, he has never seen her films or knew of her troubled path to stardom.  So, in addition to seeing this raved about movie for myself, I couldn't wait to see what he thought of the film, and of Marilyn Monroe.

After watching the film, I can't stop applauding Michelle Williams for her amazing performance of Marilyn.  There were times I forget that it wasn't Marilyn on the screen, as Michelle nailed her look and mannerisms to a "T."  Based on a true diary accounts of the late arts documentary filmmaker, Colin Clark.  During filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl" in 1956, Clark, who was Laurence Olivier's assistant, became a close confidant of Marilyn's. 

The premise of the film is simple -- share a week with Marilyn.  Yes, she was a famous movie star in the day (and still is), but she longed to be an ordinary girl, who could fly under the radar -- even for just a week.  And, this is what she got with Clark.  In the end, stardom and the fans drew Marilyn back, and put her front and center.  But, for that short time spent with Clark, who had a crush (like so many other men during that time), you got to see a different side of Marilyn.  We learned of her constant bouts of depression, as well as unsuccessful romances and marriage, which created a vulnerability that Michelle Williams captured and portrayed so beautifully.  When the movie ended, I had wished for one more week with Marilyn, as it was that good. 

What did my husband think of the film?  He loved it!  And, he agreed that Michelle Williams did an amazing job at playing Marilyn Monroe.  If you are a fan of this American icon, or want to learn more about Marilyn Monroe, then you need to pick up a copy of this film.  I promise that you will enjoy this film, as did we, and millions of moviegoers who flocked to the theaters and recently to the stores for this film.

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Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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