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.