Blonde
Title: Blonde
Release year: 2022
Country: United States
Genres: Drama, History
Director: Andrew Dominik
Stars: Ana de Armas, Lily Fisher, Julianne Nicholson
Rating: 3/5

The story of American actress Marilyn Monroe, covering her love and professional lives.

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A Fragmented Icon: A Review of "Blonde" (2022)

2024-02-03

“Blonde,” the 2022 Netflix film by Andrew Dominik, takes a bold approach to portraying the life of Marilyn Monroe. Ditching the traditional biopic format, it dives into a fictionalized, non-linear journey through the Hollywood icon’s world, blurring the lines between reality, perception, and trauma.

Starring Ana de Armas, who delivers a hauntingly captivating performance, the film explores Monroe’s vulnerabilities behind the camera’s flash. Witnessing her childhood neglect, turbulent relationships, and the exploitative nature of the industry takes an emotional toll. The narrative jumps through time, mirroring the fragmented nature of fame and identity, leaving viewers to piece together the tragic puzzle of “Norma Jeane” becoming “Marilyn.”

Visually striking, “Blonde” utilizes dreamlike sequences and unsettling close-ups, emphasizing the subjective nature of Monroe’s experiences. This approach, however, is not for everyone. The film’s unflinching portrayal of abuse and its graphic moments might alienate some viewers, leaving them emotionally drained rather than enlightened.

While the film doesn’t shy away from showcasing the darkness Monroe faced, it falters in delving deeper into her complexities. We see the pain, but the glimpses of her strength, humor, and intelligence are fleeting. The supporting characters, though well-acted, remain one-dimensional, existing solely to propel the narrative of her suffering.

Ultimately, “Blonde” is a challenging and unsettling cinematic experience. It’s a film that provokes discussion, but not necessarily enjoyment. While Ana de Armas shines, the fragmented narrative and relentless focus on trauma leave the audience yearning for a more balanced portrayal of the multifaceted icon.

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