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My week with Marilyn Movie: Insightful of Marilyn Monroe
The movie captures the essence of the iconic Marilyn Monroe, of which, few know nothing about. Yet, in My Week With Marilyn, based on the autobiography of Colin Clark, captures the personality that Monroe most likely had: insecure, seeking real love, struggling with fame and how it impacts those around her, trust. Because of all this issues swirling in her head, as an actress, working with her proves to be a exercise in tolerance. She forgets lines, does not show up on time, does not show up at all, requires words of encouragement to get the performance out of her. Then, when she is "spot" on, she is like a shining diamond on the set. She glimmers, radiates, is a magnet for all but especially to men, playful. When she is spot on, there are few that compare to her and even established stars dim in her brilliance.
This is what the movie is really about. It is a study of her as she is on the movie set for the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl that a 23 yr. old Colin Clark was on at the time. They becomes friends at a time when Marilyn has only been married a short time and already she feels unloved from lack of attention. Being in London makes it worse. She takes Colin into her inner circle to the amazement of the established stars because she trusts him. The trust turns to frolic and a sense of freedom for her, the skinny dip in the lake, they kiss, the sleep together, then she knows it cannot last. Colin cannot believe this is happening! He also knows it cannot last. Then, they part ways as close friends.
Michelle Williams makes a perfect Marilyn in most ways. She captured what must had been her real personality perfectly. There is a resemblance. Judi Dench and Harry Potter's Emma Watson are also in the film with supporting roles. The movie is 100 minutes and has grossed $14.5 million. It is not a high budget film, yet, it is so interesting because of Marilyn. Michelle is great visually, but still no comparison to the real MM.