My Week With Marilyn, an upcoming British drama, tells the story of one of the world’s most stunningly tragic icons; Marilyn Monroe. In the summer of 1956, Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) finds herself filming The Prince and The Showgirl co-staring Sir Laurence Oliver (Kenneth Branagh) in the bustling city of London. A virgin to the English capital, Monroe befriends an assistant, a London native, on the set of her film who promises to show her the hidden treasures of the city. Although also on her honeymoon with playwright and new husband Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott), Monroe takes a week off with her new acquaintance to escape the pressures and expectations of Hollywood.
Based on a true story, the film focuses on the accounts of Colin Clarke (Eddie Redmayne), the assistant on the British movie set, who spends an entire week with Monroe in the late 50’s. Intimidated by her God-like fame, at first he is memorized like so much of the world, but begins to see her on a more personal level as his sympathetic character reaches out to her. Being bogged down by a daunting workload and mind-boggling fame, Monroe seeks an escape and finds one in the humble assistant. After spending an unforgettable week together, Clarke becomes infatuated with her, hoping she will give up her hectic lifestyle to be with him. In the end, he struggles to understand if Marilyn was ever really in love with him to begin with.
With a star-studded cast, including Judi Dench, Emma Watson, and Dominic Cooper, My Week With Marilyn promises to deliver a captivating performance. Michelle Williams spent over six months reading diaries, letters, biographies, poems, and notes about and from Monroe to better understand her character’s depth to bring one of Hollywood’s most iconic darlings to life. She also spent countless hours looking at photographs, reviewing film recordings, listening to audio excerpts even rehearsed with a choreographer to perfect Monroe’s signature walk.
My Week With Marilyn stays true to form, director Simon Curtis ensures, using the same set from The Prince and The Showgirl and even Monroe’s own personal dressing room. Bringing to life one of the world’s most cherished celebrities can be an overwhelming feat, but My Week With Marilyn captivates one man’s story with this phoneme effortlessly. The idolatry of a female actress may be unparalleled even to this day, making this film one of the season’s must-see.