My Week With Marilyn

Rated 3.0

In this uneven film based in part on the memoirs of Colin Clark, Michelle Williams is astonishing as Marilyn Monroe, and should be a lock for an Oscar nomination. She plays Monroe during the downturn in her career when she starred with Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) in The Prince and the Showgirl. Clark (played here by Eddie Redmayne) was an assistant director who befriended Monroe and allegedly had a small affair with her. The parts of the film dealing with Monroe’s interactions with Olivier are captivating, but just about anything dealing with Clark stops the film in its tracks. This could be due to the fact that Redmayne is just so dull, while Williams and Branagh are on fire. It’s worth seeing for their work.