Final Thoughts

A girl with a hunger for fame and a face and a name to remember, Marilyn surely made her dream come true. Landed in different movies, living a luxurious life, and a long-lasting legacy, everyone envies her. But that is also the reason why she became unhappy, her reputation was too big for her to carry. And in the end, she chose to finish her life to save her from depression.

It is no doubt that Marilyn Monroe is the most lasting and widely seen actress in the Twentieth Century Fox. And even today, after her tragic death and roller coaster life, she stays to be one of the most popular personalities in the history.

The movie has a great lesson for us. It shows that being famous is not an assurance of happiness. That life is full of balance. Nobody is perfect, how much it shows, there is still a missing piece in our life. Marilyn is an epitome of a successful and beautiful woman, a person that couldn’t ask for more, yet she craves for love and self-worth. Contentment is a key to a long and happy life.

Critical Reception to My Week with Marilyn

The movie My Week with Marilyn is a box office film with its earnings of 749,819 pounds in the United Kingdom in its first week. After six weeks, the movie broke the 10 million dollars mark in cinemas and has a cumulative worldwide gross of 35,057,686 dollars.

The film was given positive reviews with a rating of 7.1 out of 10. According to critics, Michelle Williams shines in the movie and nails to imitate Marilyn Monroe’s voice. Adam Green of Vogue praises Michelle for bringing Marilyn back to life. The movie was a gem by managing to convey Marilyn’s childhood vulnerability, insecurities as an actress, and her natural charm and talents.

Other critics also gave admirations to other casts such as Kenneth Branagh for his crisp enunciation that makes his character, Olivier, enough vitality I the movie. Empire magazine gave three out of five stars, saying that the movie offers moments of hilarious, touching, and sweet rather making it a biological drama.

Facts or Self-Serving Fiction

My Week with Marilyn is about Marilyn being a victim of her overwhelming popularity and sexual desirability. Every man will not hesitate to take a chance to get close to her. But in reality, Colin Clark was not attracted to her. He even describes Marilyn with a horrible complexion, shapeless figure, and lots of facial hair, which makes it the reason why she is insecure.

Vivien Leigh worries that Laurence Olivier will fall for Marilyn’s charm. So on the first day, he shows cruelty on the actress. He can’t bear her fragileness. Vivien even calls Marilyn a bitch according to Jack Cardiff, cinematographer on the Prince and the Showgirl.

Her marriage with Arthur Miller is already in trouble before he flies back to New York and starts getting cozy with Colin. The main problem with this film is that the connection between Colin and Marilyn is according to Colin’s diary. The night when Marilyn spend the night with him claiming that nothing happens, that’s Colin’s side. Marilyn states that she does not remember anything the next morning. The diary and movie are like an attempt to save Marilyn from her confusing life, but it sounds like a self-serving fantasy.

Marilyn Monroe’s Death

Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe ended their marriage on January 24, 1961. A year after, Marilyn was hospitalized at New York Psychiatric Clinic. She was able to recover and return to Fox to work on a film, but her behavior was severe, so the company left with no choice but to fire her. Months after, Marilyn was found lifeless in her house at Los Angeles. An empty bottle of sleeping pills are seen next to her and the rest is history.

Movie review by Scott LaPorta. Scott is certified personal trainer, avid biker, and frequent movie reviewer (watch out Roger Ebert!). He lives in the Strathcona neighborhood in Alberta with his wife Karen and three dogs.

My Week with Marilyn: Movie Summary

Background

A creation from the director Simon Curtis and writer Adrian Hodges, My Week with Marilyn is a true story that portrays the making of the movie The Prince and the Showgirl. Starring actors Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Dougray Scott, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond, Judie Dench, and Emma Watson. The film focuses on a week where Marilyn is shooting her movie while her husband, Arthur Miller, was away from England.

The movies had its world premiere on October 9, 2011, at the New York Festival, and was shown at Mill Valley Film Festival on the 11th. Later released in the rest of the United States and the United Kingdom in November. Michelle Williams won the Golden Globe Award for the Best Actress in Motion Picture for Comedy and Musical, and several nominations from the Academy Awards and British Academy Film Awards.

Movie Plot

After his graduation, Colin Clark travels to London to get a job at Laurence Olivier’s next production. Vivien Leigh, Olivier’s wife, encourages his husband to give Colin a job for his upcoming film The Prince and the Showgirl which start Marilyn Monroe. Colin’s task is to look for a place where the newlyweds, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, to stay in England.

The paparazzi knew about the arrival so they went at Heathrow to wait for Marilyn. She was with her husband, business partner Milton Greene, and acting coach Paula Strasberg. Marilyn was really uncomfortable around people so she had troubles with her lines and gets on the set late. Olivier gets angry every time this happens but the crew and other actors are in awe of Marilyn. Her co-actor Sybil Thorndike admires and defends her when she causes to hold the shoot.

Arthur later returns to the United States, leaving Marilyn with struggles and tears because of continuous arguments on the set. Colin became Marilyn’s knight in shining armor. They talk and hang out until Colin develops an infatuation with Marilyn. Milton and Lucy, a wardrobe assistant that likes him, ask him to stay away from Marilyn.

They refuse to hear the people around them and continue their secret getaways. Colin gave Marilyn a tour of the library of Windsor Castle, Eton College, and went skinny dipping in the River Thames. One night, Marilyn invites Colin the room and spend the night in each other’s arms. The following day, Marilyn felt pain and claims to have a miscarriage. After that, she tells Colin that Arthur is coming back and she wants to become a good wife. She asks him to stop and forget everything that happened. She then returns to the set and completes the movie. And before she leaves, Marilyn thanks Colin for his help, kiss him goodbye and left.

Marilyn Monroe: A Concise Background

With her glamorous styles, blond hair, and sexy manner of speaking, Marilyn Monroe has become Hollywood’s Greatest Sex Symbol. Marilyn’s actual name is Norma Jean Baker. She was born on the 1st of June 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was put into a hospital because of paranoid schizophrenia, so she was left in a series of foster homes.

To escape from her difficult childhood, she chose to settle and marry James Dougherty. But the marriage ends so soon because James enters the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1943. Because of her experiences as a child up to his failed marriage, Norma grew up to be a strong yet insecure woman.

Marilyn Monroe’s Career

Norma was working in the Radio Plane Company in Van Nuys, California when photographers notice her charm. She soon became a model and later went to Hollywood to pursue her career as an actress. Ben Lyon of the Twentieth Century Fox set Norma for a screen test. She then had a contract with the studio and gave her the screen name, “Marilyn Monroe”.

Fail to renew her contract with Fox, Columbia Pictures get Marilyn to play a small role in the movie Ladies of the Chorus, Asphalt Jungle, and All About Eve. When they saw her potentials, Twentieth Century now gave her a 7-year contract that makes her land in movies such as As Young As You Feel, Love Nest, Let’s Make it Legal, and The Fireball. Marilyn was earning dollars for the studio after an extensive publicity campaign. This leads to several movies like Clash by Night, Monkey Business, Full House, and Don’t Bother to Knock. With her successful roles in the movies, Photoplay magazine gave her a title as the most promising actress.

But the pressure was too much for Marilyn, causing her to break the contract and move to New York (perhaps a life coach would have served her well). She chose to study at Actors Studio because she felt that she was not good enough. In 1955, Marilyn opens her own studio, Marilyn Monroe Productions. She then renews a contract with the Twentieth Century Fox and makes an appearance in the movie Bus Stop.

The Prince and the Showgirl was basically a movie that describes Marilyn Monroe. Her own company produces the movie that makes her as a “sparkling light comedienne”. She was the “best foreign actress of 1958” by winning the Italian David di Donatello Award. Other movies after that are Some Like it Hot and The Misfits.