Blonde

Blonde ★★½

One of the most horrifying films of the the year...



Andrew Dominik's 'Blonde' is an almost suffocating endeavor to sit through... Roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes of nearly pure exploitation and misogyny, that attempts to mask itself as artistic and bold. Ana De Armas is heartbreakingly captivating transforming herself into Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson). And the cinematography, lighting, costume design, and score are all admittedly beautiful to behold. Even so, it isn't quite enough to entirely wash away the sins of the gut-wrenching and overly sadistic direction of it all in the end...

I do understand/respect Director Andrew Dominik's vision to a point, and the fact he completely stands by/owns it, but it doesn't change the fact that I now feel like I need to take a long, cold shower after finally viewing his work either... 'Blonde' could of been sooooo much more in different, more caring, and less overly trauma porn focused hands. Marilyn Monroe deserved so much more, as does Ana De Armas who truly gives it her all here (despite the distasteful and mediocre material she was given to work with). That is ultimately and unfortunately trapped inside a well produced, yet overlong nightmare of a film...

"Marilyn doesn't exist. When I come out of my dressing room, I'm Norma Jeane. I'm still her when the camera is rolling. Marilyn Monroe only exists on the screen..."


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