Film: Blonde

Opened: September 16, 2022

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

Starring: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Julianne Nicholson, Evan Williams, Toby Huss, David Warshofsky, Caspar Phillipson, Dan Butler, Sara Paxton, Rebecca Wisocky, Tygh Runyan, Michael Drayer, Ryan Vincent, Patrick Brennan, Eric Matheny, Lucy DeVito, Scoot McNairy, Ravil Isyanov, Catherine Dent, Michael Masini, Tony Curtis, Chris Lemmon, Ned Bellamy & Haley Webb

While Ana de Armas does brilliantly with the material she’s given, Blonde suffers from trying to be too artistic while the script and direction exploits Marilyn Monroe as often as it tries to condemn exploiting her.

Marilyn Monroe (de Armas) becomes a star quickly and is taken advantage of because of her looks and innocent personality. She has to turn Marilyn on but suffers as Norma Jeane with her many lovers, including Joe DiMaggio (Bobby Cannavale), Arthur Miller (Adrien Brody) and John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson).

The script is adapted by Andrew Dominik from a fictional account of Marilyn’s life, which dehumanizes the late star, and then he makes all types of artistic choices with changing the aspect ratios and jumping from black and white to color without having reasoning to do so.

Final say: Marilyn would be horrified. ★★☆☆☆

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