Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe poses in front of a mirror in a scene from “Blonde.” (Snapshot: Netflix/Youtube) “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, premiered to audiences worldwide on Netflix on September
“Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, premiered to audiences worldwide on Netflix on September 22. Running nearly three hours, the film captivates and intrigues with its portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.
The film acts as a visual representation of the book “Blonde”, written by Joyce Carol Oates in 1991. In the novel, Carol took people and fragments of memories from Marilyn Monroe’s life to create a version that is not not true to reality. life. Many viewers of the film, however, watched in hopes of an accurate biographical film and not a mostly fictionalized story of the famed Monroe.
Although it doesn’t accurately depict Monroe’s life, it captivated viewers with captivating scene depictions that surround her personal life behind the lights with occasional black-and-white cinematography.
The soundtrack is really sultry and deep, adding more sparkle to the movie as a whole. The soundtrack is a fantastic facet of the film that further immerses the viewer in its intentionality.
Jhe film encompassed his journey to stardom as a teenager to his literal deathbed in Los Angeles, California. Movie song choices, such as “Everybody Needs a Da-Da-Daddy” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” only further the idea that she was nothing more than a shell. void that did not fit into the mold because of her. own inability to become happy in his successes.
The film does a great job of focusing on heavy subject matter, like the hypersexualization of women in film. For example, Monroe’s experience as one of the greatest actresses of her time was mostly focused on her physical appearance in movies instead of really focusing on her ability to act in various types of movies and on the awards she had won during her career.
In the scene where she is shown intimate with Charlie Chaplin Jr. (Xavier Samuel) and Edward G. Robinson Jr. (Evan Williams), two of her classmates, the camera focuses primarily on her sex appeal rather than her lawsuits and efforts to become famous.
Another example would include John F. Kennedy’s assault on Monroe and how she focused on her sex life, which hurt her personal growth in her acting career.
Although this film is a faithful representation of how a handful of women in Hollywood are often hypersexualized for their appearance and physique instead of the film focusing on their acting or entertainment skills, overall this isn’t really a biographical film about Monroe’s life.
For instance, “Blonde” alternates between a fictional depiction of Monroe from the novel and truthful portrayals of Monroe’s life, such as when it includes fictional relationships Monroe had alongside her real marriages which unfortunately failed. Although some of these depictions are false, the inclusion of the novel’s fictional storylines only further emphasizes how dramatic his life was behind the scenes.
The most interesting attribute of this film had to be Armas’ ability to switch between the two identities – that of Norma Jeane Mortenson and Marilyn Monroe. The portrayal of Monroe’s rise to celebrity status was shocking and showed the haunting snapshots of Monroe’s dark and lonely life behind the glitz, glamour, lights and camera in order to become one of the most beloved celebrities. of Hollywood to this day.
With its focus on relatability, like an absent father figure, addiction, and sexism, it’s hard to truly dislike the film on all bases despite its inaccurate storytelling.
While it didn’t fully answer many questions about Marilyn Monroe’s real life and identity, it did manage to consider how real Monroe’s personal struggles were and others that made part of his life. “Blonde” makes the viewer reflect on their own life after the lights and cameras are all out, making it a worthy watch despite its inaccuracy.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars