First Glance: “Blonde”

Andrew Dominik’s much talked about Marilyn Monroe biopic(ish) “Blonde” is set to premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival. With it only weeks away, Netflix has given us our deepest look yet with a brand new trailer. Prior to this our information has mostly consisted of some images, a teaser, and Dominik’s rather haughty defense of his film’s NC-17 rating. This new trailer looks terrific, but whether it steers clear of exploitation and indulgence remains to be seen.

Ana de Armas takes on the demanding role of Marilyn Monroe in a movie that’s said to be more of an “experience” than a full-on biography. Some have compared its approach to Monroe’s story to what “Spencer” did with Princess Diana. I’m not sure how I feel about that. But de Armas looks to be a compelling fit for the part and the cinematography looks to be exquisite. The biggest question centers around how well Dominik captures Monroe’s life. Will it feel authentic or exploitative? We’ll know soon.

“Blonde” premieres September 28th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

10 thoughts on “First Glance: “Blonde”

  1. Word is Joyce Carol Oates has given the film a big thumbs up, notably praising Dominik for “avoiding the male gaze.” Though I’m not really sure how much stock we should be putting into the author of the book, considering she also appears to be one of these absolutely tone-deaf idiots bemoaning the oppression of white male writers. So, take that opinion I guess with a grain of salt.

    • Avoiding the male gaze? Hmmm. I dunno. I think you could argue that segments of the trailer kinda calls to the male gaze. Hard to say with such a small sample. I’m more than willing to give it a whirl.

  2. Ive always been fascinated with Marilyn after watching Some Like It Hot when I was 10 . I thought she was so captivating and gorgeous. As I grew older and read more of her life’s story , I found it sad ,tragic and gripping how she was used really . Ana De Armas looks stunning and she has the acting chops to pull this off but I’m with you , I hope it isn’t just exploitative but a real depiction of her life and complicated woman she truly was.

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