WHAT I LIKED: Simon Curtis' 'My Week With Marilyn,' isn't an overly complex or revolutionary film, but what it is is an insightful and well-executed character study that examines the old film business, and most of all the girl behind the infamous Marilyn Monroe. Yes first and foremost this is all about her troubles and worries, and that makes for something somewhat eye-opening and at the very least rather fascinating as she is a truly magnetic and very interesting character. That only works here though because she's portrayed so incredibly well by Michelle Williams, and with a true story that follows Eddie Redmayne's doe-eyed character as he begins to fall further and further in love, it unlocks the ability to look beyond the icon and see the three-dimensional humanity. Couple that with some brilliantly charming performances from Kenneth Brannagh and Judi Dench, and what you've got is an engaging and interesting drama that delivers as a successful study of the real Marilyn Monroe.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Have this writer and director never heard of show and not tell...?
VERDICT: A fascinating character study of Marilyn Monroe brought to life by excellent performances, 'My Week with Marilyn,' is nothing overly profound, but what it does it does in a way that's always thoroughly charming and engaging.