My Week with Marilyn
Director: Simon Curtis
Writer: Adrian Hodges
Based on: Colin Clark‘s autobiography The Prince, The Showgirl and Me
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond, Judi Dench, Zoë Wanamaker, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Emma Watson, Derek Jacobi
Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) dreams of working in the film industry. Since his parents are well connected and know Vivian Leigh (Julia Ormond), and because he’s rather talented, he gets the chance to work with Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) on his newest film, The Prince and the Showgirl. The star of the film is Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams). Things don’t go too well with her in the film, but Marilyn takes a shine to Colin.
My Week with Marilyn has great, great potential. Unfortunately, it’s also stuck with the most pointless main character. Still, you kind of appreciate the film for what it could have been.
Watching the movie I couldn’t help but wonder about the various fantastic films this one could have been had they chosen not to concentrate on the most boring guy in it. Just imagine, for example, an entire film in which Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier go head to head, played by Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh just as they were here.
Or imagine a film that follows Dame Sybil. I wouldn’t even care what that movie was about, as long as it was Judi Dench in the role. Or imagine a movie about Marilyn told from – and I know that’s way out there – her own perspective. *gasp*
But I knew I was going to get an audience stand-in going into the movie, so it is admittedly a little difficult to fault the movie for that (it’s just… the waste that gets to me). Eddie Redmayne didn’t convince me, though – but that might be as much his fault as the way his character was written.
Other than that I did enjoy the film though. It looked great, it was very well paced and there’s not much that won’t work with that cast anyway.
Summarising: Could have been more, but was nice.