By Sarah Rachfal

srachfal@my.madonna.edu

In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark thought he was simply just going to be an assistant on the set of a movie to get experience in the film industry.

That summer, Clark (Eddie Redmayne) worked on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). 

The film is set over a one-week span where Clark and Monroe worked together.  To Clark’s surprise, Monroe found him as a confidant to escape her troubles once her husband Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott) returned to the United States after an argument with Monroe.

Monroe and Miller were recently married, marking Monroe’s third marriage.  She had hit a rough patch personally and in her career.  Monroe was a free spirit, flirty and ditzy yet very troubled.  She had often complained of not being taken seriously and was obsessed with being loved and in love and very much wanted to be seen as Marilyn, not the superstar she had suddenly become.

Monroe was viewed as being very difficult to work with and had much trouble being alone.  Olivier and Monroe often clashed over the presence of her acting coach, which usually led to Clark being dragged in as the mediator.

As Monroe and Clark became closer, her behavior on set dramatically changed and the spirits on the set of the film improved.  However, Monroe still battled with her emotions and did all she could to escape her problems. 

My Week with Marilyn kept me entertained based on the interesting behavior of Marilyn Monroe and Michelle Williams’ uncanny resemblance to her, the costumes and set design.   Everything in the movie matched the time period as how I would imagine it to be, and when it ended there were no unanswered questions. 

My Week with Marilyn is the type of movie that anyone could watch and appreciate at least one thing. I would definitely recommend seeing it.

Diversions

Williams shines in ‘My week with Marilyn’