Oh how I wish this movie lasted a full week! It was absolutely breathtaking to behold. My Week with Marilyn has been on my to watch list for quite a while and thank goodness I finally got around to it. Michelle Williams is magnificent. She truly embodies Marilyn Monroe: her grace, her beauty, her incredible charm and sex appeal, as well as her tremendous flaws. For once I understand what all the fuss was about. Her insecurities and depression made her so fragile, and combined with her charm and buxom physique, she was that well-endowed damsel in distress all men dream of and women want to be.
As wonderful as Williams is in the film, it is a bigger joy to watch Eddie Redmayne’s character fall in love with her. I’ve been gaga over this fellow since The Pillars of the Earth, and I’m determined to watch anything he’s in (if he wants to be Christian Gray all the better for meeee!!!!). If you enjoyed him as Marius in Les Miserables, you’ll love him in this. It’s essentially the same character, only tragically he doesn’t sing. Sigh.
My Week with Marilyn is one part Marilyn Monroe biopic, and one part coming of age story, chronicling the epic feeling of first love, especially when that love is an international sex icon. The best part about the movie? It’s a true story! An incredibly biased one-sided story based on Redmayne’s character’s memoirs, but pretty darn true nonetheless. If I were rating this film, I’d give it an A-.