My Week With Marilyn

Over the weekend, I rented a movie I’ve been wanting to see for months: My Week With Marilyn. It was only released in theatres in certain cities, and Baton Rouge was not one of the lucky ones.

My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn and Eddie Redmayne as Collin, is the true story of Collin Clark working under Sir Lawrence Oliver during production for Marilyn’s film The Prince and the Showgirl.

Now, I don’t know much about Ms. Monroe, but this documentary depicts a short amount of time (um, a week) when an everyday person gets to know a superstar. How much of it is true? Who knows.

The movie depicted Monroe in a pretty sad light. She was needy, careless, and always on drugs. Oh, and she fell madly in love with Collin (it’s such a man’s world). Was that the real her? She’s not here to defend herself.

While I believe in telling the truth as a journalist, I also believe in leaving some of it behind closed doors. It’s unnecessary to make everyone believe she was the person this movie portrayed, especially if it’s just so Clark can boost his ego.

“I don’t mind living in a man’s world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” —Marilyn Monroe

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