Blonde ★★½

My thoughts can pretty much be summed up by the opening and closing lines of my log for Spencer—"Far more engaging formally than dramatically," and "a lifeless prestige drama, sometimes verging on parody." Through very different approaches, both films aim to depict, with admirable artistic intent and some ambitious cinematic choices, the imagined inner turmoil of their doomed central figures. The result is more or less the same: interesting in concept, laborious to endure. Blonde at least has sequences that will stick with me, but I can't say those fleeting moments of stunning visuals make the film less monotonous and trite. Despite the controversy surrounding it, this is more generic than truly audacious or psychologically probing; I know now to just skip next year's highly divisive, ostensibly provocative biopic.

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