What’s It About: The post-war fantasy of countless young boys gets another treatment in director Simon Curtis’ true-life biopic, landing the screen vixen smack in the middle of filming The Prince and the Showgirl in 1950s London.
As played by Michelle Williams, who has become one of cinema’s most important actors, this Monroe is a self-conscious mess, constantly late to set, and the cross that director Laurence Olivier (an astoundingly dramatic Kenneth Branagh) must bear as the price to cast an international superstar in his film. Eddie Redmayne is the set gopher assigned to keep an eye on Monroe as she navigates the hilly road between Marilyn, Norma Jean, and the pressures of stardom. Redmayne falls in what he thinks must be love (because what healthy heterosexual young man wouldn’t have?) but discovers far too late that the object of his affection and the woman off-screen are two vastly different people.