If you’re styling yourself as an icon for Halloween, you can wear an obvious costume. For Michael Jackson, go for one sequined glove. For Elvis, don a replica of the “Aloha From Hawaii” jumpsuit. Such iconic looks work for costume parties, but they’re dangerous if you’re an actor in a much-anticipated biopic.
“My Week with Marilyn” comes out Nov. 4. The film depicts a week in 1956 when a studio assistant escorted Marilyn Monroe around Britain while she made “The Prince and the Showgirl.”
In the trailer, we see Michelle Williams donning a Vanity Fair spread worth of Monroe’s most famous outfits: a black turtleneck, a fuzzy white bathrobe, and even a sparkly gown that’s a ringer for the one Monroe wore when singing “Happy Birthday” to JFK, much, much later in 1962.
To convince us we’re getting new insight into a celeb, biopics should walk the line between authenticity and kitsch. When Williams wears exact replicas of Monroe’s clothing, she looks like a cheap impersonator, a walking postcard. I hope Williams’ wardrobe is broader than the snippet seen in the trailer. If not, she’s just another blonde in a bombshell getup.