My Week With Marilyn

January 21, 2012 § 2 Comments

Elton John’s Candle in the Wind about Marilyn Monroe goes: “your candle burned out long before your legend ever will.”

Simon Curtis’ latest movie, My Week with Marilyn, about the screen goddess proves just that. Nearly 50 years after her death, we are still intrigued by Miss Monroe.

The film centres around the production of Laurence Olivier’s (Kenneth Branagh) movie The Prince and the Showgirl in which Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) stars.

It depicts the tension between the British theatre legend and the American blonde bombshell.

However, the main focus of the film is the relationship between Monroe and young aspiring filmmaker, Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), who is the film’s third assistant director.

While escorting Monroe around, Colin, like many before and many after, falls for the actress.

Williams superbly shows the two sides of Marilyn Monroe: her outgoing public persona and private insecure self.

In front of a crowd Monroe is what she is expected to be – charming and flirty – blowing kisses and wiggling her hips.

In private, she is extremely vulnerable, desires love and constantly seeks reassurance that she is a great actress. In her desire to find someone to protect her she comes to rely on Colin.

The tension between Olivier and Monroe is perfectly highlighted in the scene where Olivier yells and swears at Monroe for turning up to set two hours late:

“Marilyn, my darling, you are an angel and I kiss the hem of your garment but why can’t you get here on time for the love of FUCK?”

As the movie progresses, Monroe’s vulnerability, insecure nature and infectious laugh, captivate and win both Colin, and the audience over.

It seems that even after 50 years, you cannot help but fall in love with Marilyn Monroe.

My Week with Marilyn’ is currently screening at cinemas.

NB: originally posted on The Bowler Hat.

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