Reviewed Mar 15, 2012
Adam Cook’s review:
This is a film that seems entirely created for an American audience who like to see us Brits being oh so eccentrically British. It has that nauseating warm glow of a TV period drama and lays on the quaint charms of Britain with a trowel making it a syrupy and rather irritating experience. It may have an impressive cast of big name actors but they can’t save a film that is this frothy and bland. The real travesty about My Week with Marilyn though is that Michelle William’s brilliant performance is in this film and not in something more worthy of her talents. There have been many screen interpretations of Marilyn Monroe over the years and most are so wrapped up in the way she walks or her breathless voice that they end up being little more than caricatures. Williams however manages to capture the ticks and quirks but also seems to get to the heart of her as a person. Nobody is ever going to capture Marilyn’s indefinable magic and fragility but she comes incredibly close.
I wish there was more bite to this film delving deeper into her character without feeling like some Sunday evening television drama aimed at people too lazy to find the remote control.