Special features: the untold story of an American icon featurette ; featrue commentary with director Simon Curtis.
Eddie Redmayne, Emma Watson, Julia Ormond, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Williams, Dominic Cooper, Zoë Wanamaker, Judi Dench.
In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark, determined to make his way in the film business, worked as a lowly assistant on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, the film that famously united Sir Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe. When his diary account was published, one week was missing. This is the story of that week: an idyll in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work.
DVD ; anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
I have to admit I did not want to watch this movie. I was concerned it would be just another movie exploiting a tragic tale. I was pleasantly surprised at how wrong I was. It was nice to see Marilyn with her guard down.
I never really understood the draw of Marilyn Monroe other than being attractive and kind of talking like a baby, which I guess men found attractive at that time? But this movie really helped me understand her complexity more. What an interesting person! I thought Michelle Williams was amazing as Marilyn Monroe. Such a great performance. I really got the complexity of this person and how completely insecure she was. And at the same time, Kenneth Branagh was portraying the very same thing in Sir Laurence Olivier. You really get a sense of how insecure some (or most?) actors are, and why they do what they do. This was a very interesting story-one that I would watch over again.