Shirah Vollmer MD

The Musings of Dr. Vollmer

Marvelous Hours Spending ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on November 28, 2011

My Week with Marilyn - 11 x 17 Movie Poster - Style A

  This is a lovely story about a twenty-four year old man spending an intense week with Marilyn Monroe. It is not a great movie, but it makes for an enjoyable two hours, at least for me. I was curious about Marilyn’s personality: her drug addiction, her poor early attachments, her lack of satisfying relationships. The movie did not help me understand those issues, so I left unsatisfied in that way. Yet, I realized that the movie did not sell a character study of Marilyn Monroe, but rather it sold a young man smitten by her sex appeal. It was his coming of age movie, just as the title suggests. Marilyn’s sexy body, along with her charisma, seemed to be all that Colin needed to have his heart pulled at, and his passion stimulated. It is a tale as old as time, yet the movie makes it sweet, since it forces you to tune into Colin’s vulnerability. It surprised me since I was intensely searching for Marilyn’s vulnerability, which was also displayed, but despite her star appeal, that was the background, not the foreground of this story. So often we see young men as the user of women to meet their needs. Women are then left bereft and confused.  ‘My Week With Marilyn’ is a refreshing reversal of that stereotype. Maybe that makes this movie the ultimate chick-flick. The power dynamic is clear; men have a lot to learn about relationships. Movies like this are a touching reminder of this, but as with all tales, those who need to be told are not likely to want to hear it.

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