Based upon the two books written by Colin Clark about his time spent as an assistant on the set in 1956 of 'The Prince and The Showgirl' this is the story of his week with the beguiling and beautiful Marilyn Monroe.
However, this is a film which ends up anchored more by a stellar lead performance by Michelle Williams as Monroe and superb support from Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier over a name and face filled supporting cast which gets frequently underused, while newcomer Eddie Redmayne acquits himself well as the young Colin who falls into Monroe's life and drama for a few short days of adventure.
However, the film itself I found quite underwhelming and disappointing. This is fluffy and lightweight fare, a whimsical and enjoyably time-passing film, but as far as delving too deeply behind the myth and image of Monroe to uncover the darker story within...........this film will not provide any real insight or revelations that most people wouldn't already know. Aspects are touched on, but never explored in any depth, like a tick box to be checked off by the film-makers. Even though Williams herself completely convinces in the role (and should surely end up a Best Actress Oscar contender for her work) and does everything she can, the overall inconsequentiality of the film itself unfortunately still comes through.
The film? Not as good as I had hoped though not a waste of time. Williams? Pure Gold onscreen, just like Monroe herself was and more than enough to add an extra fourth star.