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Next on Netflix: Behind the lipstick

2 February 2014 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer No Comments

There are lots of movies that encourage viewers to follow their dreams in order to find happiness.

“My Week With Marilyn” shows what it’s like when your dreams come true—and they aren’t quite what you expected them to be.

Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) is an energetic, ambitious young Englishman who wants to get into the film industry after graduating from college.

Through persistence—and really, really good luck—Colin gets hired by acting royalty Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), who needs help on the set of his new movie.

Even more impressive is the fact that his celebrity crush Marilyn Monroe co-stars, and will be arriving in England soon.

Monroe (Michelle Williams) is already one of the most famous women in the world, and her star is set to shine even brighter after the film premieres.

But Colin soon learns that she isn’t as perfect as she appears.

She is nervous, emotional, falls to pieces when she’s reprimanded by Olivier and can’t stay in a relationship for long.

Colin has to ask himself whether entering an affair with a woman so scrutinized and so unstable is worth the thrill of being with Marilyn Monroe.

He must additionally consider if it’s worth sacrificing the relationship he’s building with the girl he’s already dating (Emma Watson).

In the years since Marilyn Monroe’s death, her face and her quotes have become more of a product than an impression of a person.

Go into any Claire’s store and you can find everything from shot glasses to makeup bags with Marilyn Monroe smiling away.

This movie doesn’t quite bring Marilyn back to life, but it does throw some cold water in the face of the perpetually beautiful and witty icon, revealing the sad, frightened and often weak woman underneath.

It also makes you stop and think–if you had the opportunity to sleep with your favorite celebrity, would it ruin some of the magic they have for you?

Or would it make you love them, even after the gloss had been scrubbed off? Got a recommendation for a movie on Netflix for me to watch? Let me know in the comments online!

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