‘Week with Marilyn’ Worth an Oscar
Michelle Williams captures the innocence and seductiveness of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
Michelle Williams gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.
The movie focuses on the summer of 1956, when Monroe went to London to shoot The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh).
From the start, nothing goes well. Monroe is hopped up on pills, messes up her lines, is always late on the set and lacks self-confidence. No one likes her except for Dame Sybil Thorndike (Judi Dench) and messenger boy Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne).
The story is told through Colin’s eyes. For all the Harry Potter fans out there, Emma Watson (Hermione) has a small role as Colin's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Lucy.
Colin is smitten with Monroe and sees her for what she is—a fragile woman used by everyone around her. In the performance of a lifetime, Williams perfectly blends the innocence and seduction Monroe was known for. She will be one of the five best-actress nominees for this year’s Oscars.
The flick-o-meter gives My Week with Marilyn five out of five.