(it) wrote: Review In A Nutshell:Marilyn Monroe. Such a significant figure in within and outside cinema. Many admire her, many hate her, many lusts for her, but nobody could ever understand her. There is only one person in the entire world who could give us the answers to our question of "Who is Marilyn Monroe?" which is Marilyn herself. My Week with Marilyn allows its audience to gain a deeper insight in the titular character, showing the cracks of her presumed flawless exterior. Before seeing this film, I have always thought of Monroe as purely a sex symbol for women to admire to in regards to their physical appearance, but seeing a number of her notable films and this, allowed me to be aware and empathise towards or appreciate the sides of her that I never saw before.The central perspective in this film is placed on a hopeful film enthusiast, Colin Clark, exploring the experience he had with the titular star, both inside and out of creating The Prince and the Showgirl. I have watched a number of behind the scenes or reflection documentaries on crew members from multiple films and their experience with working with the actress. Many of what was discussed was addressed in this film; the unreliability, the naivety, the radiance, and the resonance.Monroe's personal life was a difficult one, growing up without parents and lacking a sense of direction and identity, which would explain her reliance on others to bring out the potential inside her. She wanted and tried hardly in convincing others and herself that she is a serious actress, and not just someone who is simply defined by her alluring physicality; her obsession of substance and a sense of ownership in her roles allowed her to take in the identity that her personal life severely lacked. Marilyn relied on the guidance of Lee Strasberg acting methods via his wife, Paula, in order to achieve herself in being immersed in this role and to convince everyone around her, also herself, that she is a deeply invested and professional actress.She was also notorious for her inability to be on time and to efficiently deliver her lines or marks, affecting other members of the crew; particularly Olivier. Though the film doesn't only dwell on the character's negative aspects, it also spends enough time to show that Marilyn was also able to bring something beautiful, and many of which came out on their own, one simply just requires the patience in order to obtain it. Monroe, in this film, is not depicted primarily in one side of the spectrum since we see many shades of her life and personality; the film remains impartial throughout, even at the end, the film does not leave us with a feeling that would damage or improve our personal opinions of the character. The film simply aims to have its audience be aware.I was pleased with how Curtis handled such a difficult character and still able to come out of it at the end well balanced. As I have said previously, this film educated me and broken almost all of my prejudices of the character, which ultimately allowed me to appreciate more of her performances through reflection. Though the film centralises on feelings and experiences towards Marilyn Monroe, it actually is through the perspective of Colin Clark, but it never at all felt one-sided, aside from maybe one or two moments during the latter parts of the film. Watching the romantic elements of this film, felt a little forced in attempting to bring something new to a story that audiences, especially enthusiasts of the actress and cinema, may already be aware of. It also came off as overly sentimental, which had me stepping back for a brief moment a couple of times. There is a payoff at the end of the film in following his journey, it promotes the idea of Monroe as a catalyst for Colin to grow up and become mature; while also producing that sense of irony as the catalyst herself is more confused than he is. The film could have removed this aspect, providing a more objective approach, and I feel it would have been just as effective.The acting performances in this film were spectacular, with Michelle Williams in the front line as the physically immaculate but internally damaged Marilyn Monroe. It never felt at all like watching a replica of the roles that Monroe has taken form, and instead Williams delivers us with ambiguous substance that speaks genuinely of Monroe's personal and professional life. The close ups that the film captures on Williams' performance, demonstrates so much depth that one could spend for hours analysing, just what exactly was she trying to convey. Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark was pleasant here but I felt was always swept off by Williams' presence; I only seem to take notice of his performance when Williams is off screen. Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier was equally fantastic as Williams' performance. It is clear from the films that Branagh has directed that he has great admiration for Olivier and his works, and his role and performance here is his ultimate way of paying tribute to the master. I cannot think of any other actor that could understand and appreciate the inner workings of Olivier. If this film ever had a spin-off of its own, which I highly doubt, on the lives of Olivier and his professional and romantic life, then count me on board.My Week with Marilyn almost perfectly delivers, thanks to its personal exploration of its titular character and amazing performances from its cast. I recommend anybody who is a fan of the actress or is an enthusiast of cinema to watch this.