The film is set in London, England where sir Laurence Olivier (the great Kenneth Branagh) is filming his new movie 'The Prince and the Showgirl'. It is 1956 and Marilyn Monroe (flawless Michelle Williams) is at the peak of her career. Olivier casts her for the leading role as Elsie and since he has the male lead in the film he is hoping to gain success as an actor in Hollywood with the help of Marilyn. Marilyn on the other hand is hoping to get credibility and appreciation as an actress by acting side by side with Olivier who is noted for his acting skills on stage.
|Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) is dressed for success.|
Before the filming begins we meet young Colin Clark (cute Eddie Redmayne) who wants to become a film director. With the help of Vivien Leigh (pretty, although expressionless Julia Ormond), Olivier's wife, Coling gets a job as a third assistant director (a.k.a. an errand boy) in the film. One of Colin's main tasks is to get everything ready before Marilyn's arrival but yet he manages to have a dalliance with one of the girls in costumes, Lucy (sweet but indifferent Emma Watson).
|Colin (Eddie Redmayne) is determined to become a director and isn't afraid to show it.|
When Marilyn arrives with her husband, Arthur Miller (tepid Dougray Scott), everything changes. It soon becomes clear to Olivier that the rumours about Marilyn's inability to follow schedules and unbalanced behaviour are true. So he tells Colin to keep an eye on her. After a fall out between Marilyn and Miller, Miller decides to go and see his children back in the States. This upsets Marilyn who confides in Colin after Miller's depart. Colin becomes infatuated with her charms and Marilyn picks him as her confidant. This sets off a chain of events that allow Colin to see what it's like to be Marilyn Monroe instead of being just Norma Jeane.
|Marilyn (Michelle Williams) doing what she does best - being Marilyn.|
|"I'd take care of you, if you'd ask me to."|
|Dame Judi Dench gives a graceful performance as Dame Sybil Thorndike|
|The original 'The Prince and the Showgirl'|