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Review: It’s Marilyn Monroe, Darling

By River Reporter Nov 24, 2011

By Lisa Schink

My Week With Marilyn is based on a true story of a young, plucky director’s assistant, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), who experienced a one-week relationship with Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams).

The movie is not the type of dead legend, documentary–like, superficial crowd-pleaser as you may have expected.

Instead, it is a much more interesting journey through a crew member’s memories with a candid perspective of Hollywood, which adds a little colour to the fairly easy story.

Michelle Williams delivers an outstanding performance throughout the movie.

Her physical resemblance is debatable, but her entirely convincing way of re-enacting Monroe’s gestures or portraying her manipulative, yet oh-so heart-warming actions and voice are just like those of Marilyn Monroe herself.

Williams doesn’t just portray the naïve star who had a need for pills, but also one who realizes that her husband is demeaning and exploiting her.

Williams managed to capture Monroe’s vulnerability as well as her sex appeal with effortless ease.

The brilliantly clever and amusing dialogues are a perfect, light-hearted addition to a doomed and serious Marilyn Monroe life story.  

Whether or not you are a fan of Marilyn Monroe, it is certainly worth viewing.

The 99 minutes are entertaining as well as touching and Williams leaves the viewer questioning whether Monroe was a selfish heartbreaker or a victim of Hollywood’s dark side.

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