The trailer for the Michelle Williams-starring My Week With Marilyn is out, and it looks like a pretty interesting movie. Like we found out earlier, the film is based on two books by Colin Clark, who worked as a set assistant on Monroe vehicle The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956. In the books, after Monroe’s new husband Arthur Miller leaves England, Clark (played by Eddie Redmayne in the film) takes it upon himself to show Marilyn around, and from this, proceeds drama.
From the looks of the trailer, it seems like Natalie’s wish that this film won’t just be about another of Monroe’s lovers will go unfulfilled. You know that they at least make out, and he sees her fairly naked, and then he falls in love with her. But that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a humanistic portrayal of Marilyn’s struggles with her inner demons. If anything, I think it’s kind of telling that the only way she knew how to get away from all the stresses in her life was via yet another romantic entanglement. Could it be that she didn’t know any other way to relate to people?
On another note, Michelle Williams is a fine actress and I have no doubt she’ll be great in this film, but does it bother anyone else how little she resembles Marilyn Monroe? Marilyn had those big, droopy eyes and a somewhat bulbous nose, and her round features helped communicate a kind of childlike vulnerability. Williams, on the other hand, has more catlike eyes and a cute little upturned nose. Then again, there’s really nobody who looks like Marilyn Monroe, and I have no doubt she’ll bring nuance to the role. It’s a credit to her talents that she could even be considered for two roles as different from one other as Wendy and Lucy‘s destitute, androgynous drifter and one of the most glamorous women of all time.