Oh what a difficult task it is to truly formulate an opinion on this film.

Some will marvel over it's quixotic cinematography, but we all know that Netflix played a part in some of its production- possibly altering the artistic vision. I won't get hung up on this bit, but it was nice to look at for quite some time- maybe that gazing took a turn for the worse towards the last bit of the film, where it almost lost me. But I'll come back to that.

Fictionalized or not, this was Marilyn's life. She was used and abused, objectified and over-sexualized. Some made her out to be a God-like figure. Many, or most even, failed to recognize her as a normal human being. A human being who really only needed love. Not to be worshipped, to be loved.
But her path through life was rocky and tragic; that's for damn sure. And in my opinion, the story drags on at times- its final purpose wasn't clear to me. The creators clearly wanted to remind us of her pain, but all I got towards the end was the major "daddy issue" theme. Constantly referring to her lovers and husbands and abusers as "daddy." For whatever reason that may be, it seemed a bit tasteless if you ask me. And it seems that Dominik was guiding us towards this theme I addressed.
A lack of a father takes a toll on one, and especially a mentally ill mother, so for Marilyn to not suffer throughout life would be a miracle. But its more about how she suffered and maybe Dominik's end goal wasn't as clear to me in this department.

Like I said , its clear Dominik wants the world to know about Marilyn's troubles and her suffering, but why not let her rest? Bring meaning to the table and create something new out of this novel that Joyce Carol Oates had crafted, if you really want another Marilyn story.
Especially the moments of abuse, they aren't really anything new, and they way in which they're captured just felt off.
Really in the end, its hard for a man to capture a woman's life, that's for sure.

Not only do these chants of "daddy" bother me, but the script itself turned me away. It was simply uninteresting at times and never moved me past the films images, like I thought some of it would. I felt as if the story could've reached a higher level but remained stagnant and didn't truly understand itself.
The whole thing just felt draining due to its run time and constant dread, and we never get down to the core of Marilyn's purpose captured as a human, its more misery and misery and misery....

De Armas puts on a decent  show though, but I don't think she could have saved this one anyways. Maybe not saved it, but lifted it up. Its just not powerful.
Without a powerful script and a lackluster ending, I thought more could have come out of this.

I believe that a stories misery can have purpose , but its more about where this misery brings us in the end.

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