Marilyn Monroe and Sigmund Freud

Short and Sweet Movie Reviews


As a Mental Health Counselor, and one who loves all things having to do with psychology, I was very excited to see this film. As it turned out, it was a complete disappointment. It is a boring and tedious story that is not worth telling.

SEE IT if you find Michael Fassbender incredibly good looking and don’t care what he, as Dr. Carl Jung, is talking about with Sigmund Freud. DON’T SEE IT if watching Kiera Knightly’s jutting jaw come unhinged would scare you OR, if on second thought, you really don’t care how “psychoanalysis” was born.   D-



My Weekend With Marilyn has a lot going for it. It has great performances by Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, and newcomer, Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark. The story takes place in and around London during the summer of 1956. It’s beautifully shot and captures the mood and innocence of that time. (Great costumes, cars and general scenery.)

Michelle Williams plays Miss Monroe perfectly, exposing the star’s fragility. One moment she is playful and child-like, the next she is riddled with crippling self-doubt and anxiety. Her habit of self-medicating with prescription drugs and alcohol creates major headaches for the studio, director and her co-star, Sir Laurence Olivier.  If not for the young and enchanting Colin Clark, who befriends Miss Monroe, the production of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ would have folded under the strain of Marilyn’s erratic behavior. This is one week in time, worth watching.

SEE IT if you love the 1950’s, Marilyn Monroe and Eddie Redmayne’s lips. DON’T SEE IT if, conversely, Kenneth Branagh’s complete lack of upper lip would disturb you.  A