‘My Week with Marilyn’ Trailer Boasts A Lovely Leading Lady

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 15th, 2013 at 1:17 pm,

my week marilyn trailer My Week with Marilyn Trailer Boasts A Lovely Leading Lady

A common trick often employed by storytellers – when dealing with a highly influential artist and/or one with a larger-than-life personality – is to examine said individual from the perspective of a more relatable everyman character. It’s an approach that’s been put to good use many times before, be it to tell either a fictional story (see: Me and Orson Welles) or one more rooted in truth (see: the Leo/Lev Tolstoy biopic, The Last Station).

This year’s My Week with Marilyn looks to use that same narrative formula to tell a true-life story that involves famed (or, rather, infamous) troubled Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe. But, based on the film’s trailer, does the final product look promising?

The answer is “thankfully, yes,” if only because the legendary Lady Monroe is being played by multiple Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams: an actress who’s been delivering emotionally-resonant performances for years now – be it in a supporting part (see: Brokeback Mountain, Shutter Island) or as the leading lady of a film (see: Wendy and Lucy, Blue Valentine). Don’t be surprised if Williams snags a third Oscar nod (or more) for her turn as the troubled, platinum-blonde gal called Marilyn.

On that note – here is the official synopsis for My Week with Marilyn:

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), just down from Oxford and determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Williams), who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott).

Nearly 40 years on, his diary account “The Prince, the Showgirl and Me” was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as “My Week with Marilyn” – this is the story of that week.  When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.

Now check out the My Week with Marilyn trailer (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

As you undoubtedly picked up after watching that theatrical preview, My Week with Marilyn is one of those period dramas that boasts actors or actresses who almost never turn in a bad performance – including Williams, Branagh, Judi Dench (the James Bond franchise), and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games). The film’s cast also features recognizable faces (and often-solid stars) like Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Emma Watson (the Harry Potter series), Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2), and Redmayne (The Yellow Handkerchief) as the aforementioned “everyman” of the film.

My Week with Marilyn helmer Simon Curtis has worked primarily in the TV medium in the past – and, based on the footage show here, it kind of shows. The film still looks fairly well-shot and edited – with some colorful imagery and accurate production design to boot – but there’s definitely less visual flair and technical proficiency on display here than what’s been shown in the trailers for other upcoming awards-hopeful period dramas from better-known directors (see: J. Edgar, War Horse).

All the same, though, Curtis’ films still looks to be as well-acted as any other upcoming drama. So don’t be surprised if Williams as Monroe causes critics to turn their head and take notice.


My Week with Marilyn arrives in U.S. theaters on November 4th, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. i’ve been saying they needed to make a marilyn monroe biopic for a long time, but i can’t help but say that williams’ looks are just a tad off. marilyn’s eyes are two of a kind, so i figured they’d try and find someone with her face structure.

    • Scarlett Johansson is a Marilyn Monroe clone. That Simon Curtis didn’t give her a chance to become her.

      I really liked this video about Scarlett and Marilyn on youtube.com


      Michelle Williams is not an actress that can convince me she is Marilyn Monroe.

  2. There was an excellent documentary/dramatised reading with archive footage (don’t know what you’d call it really) adapted from Colin Clark’s diary a few years ago:-


    At least as revealing about Laurence Olivier, Arthur Miller, Marilyn’s acting coach Paula Strasberg, the making of The Prince And The Showgirl and the whole business of celebrity as it was about Monroe herself, and highly evocative of its time period. I hope this movie doesn’t just use all that as a barely-sketched backdrop for some kind of truncated love affair, though it does seem as though the latter is what it’ll be focused on. Branagh as Olivier has got to be worth seeing in any case.

  3. hey guys, just found the full movie called bronson it in nine parts and yes its all there and tom hardy stars,its very a “clock work orange”, please vote and leave messages im trying to give the film a cult following before the dark knight rises comes out and heres the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm39m8LWqUI&feature=fvwrel

    • Model_102, think you might want a different thread there…

  4. Congrats to all involved but Marilyn can never be duplicated. She is the ultimate woman moving the emotions of every human being. Her beauty, gentleness and childlike vulnerability can never be surpassed.