“MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” My rating: B-
99 minutes | MPAA rating: R
An actress portraying Marilyn Monroe faces the same daunting obstacles as an actor playing Jesus.
No matter how good your performance, it pales in comparison to the real thing.
Michelle Williams, one of our finest young actresses, does a perfectly credible job as the immortal blonde sex symbol in “My Week with Marilyn,” a melodrama unfolding during the filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl” in London in 1957.
But as good as Williams is, not once did I mistake her for Marilyn. It’s a passable impersonation, but no one will ever fill the screen the way Monroe did.
Simon Curtis’ feature directing debut (after a long career in television) is based on “The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” and “My Week with Marilyn,” Colin Clark’s memoirs about his experiences as a young production assistant on the film. (more…)