“A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.”
Director: Andrew Dominik
Writers: Andrew Dominik, Joyce Carol Oates
Staring: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Garret Dillahunt
Release Date: September 23, 2022
There has been a lot of buzz around Blonde (2022).
One of the things I am most excited about is the portrayal that director and writer Andrew Dominik is going for. According to interviews he has done, he says that the script he helped write has very little dialogue. It has what he describes “as an avalanche of images and events”. I am an absolute sucker for communication without words. Whether it be on screen between the characters, or between the movie and the audience watching it. It forces the audience to pay attention to every detail.
What the majority of people are most excited about is its NC-17 movie. It is only the second NC-17 movie of the decade, and it is the first that Netflix is producing on their platform. What i love even more is a Dominik quote about it: “It’s a demanding film. If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the f-king audience’s problem. I’m not running for public office.” This is an ultimate fuck you attitude.
With that being said, I have to think that the log line for this movie on IMDB has been influenced by public relations. “A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.” FICTIONALIZED being the key word there. They are already pushing the envelope. This one word may be keeping it from bursting.
This is the first fictionalized movie for Andrew Dominik since Killing Them Softly (2012), which I enjoyed quite a bit with an A- rating. He did make a documentary in 2016 called One More Time With Feeling, and followed that up with two episode of Mindhunter. (Still want that show to come back). He has written on every major motion picture he has directed, and every movie he has made has gotten praised by the critics. Hopefully Blonde is his most widely seen film.
Ana De Armas is on a tear of just being beautiful as all hell. In No Time To Die (2021) she was a sexy spy. In Deep Water (2022) she was a sexy adulterer. In Blonde, she is playing arguably the sexiest woman in Hollywood history. SHEESH! De Armas is a good actress and doesn’t just get by on her looks (*COUGH Gal Gadot COUGH*). She is like the Audrey Hepburn of our generation. She has the look and the stuff.
The best shot of this trailer comes at the 0:35 mark.
I mean, talk about speaking to the audience without saying a single word. Dominik is showing the audience that there are multiple different types of personalities that Marilyn Monroe emulates. There is the one that no one sees, not even herself (in the chair), the one that everyone gets to see (under the spotlight), and the one only Marilyn sees (the mirror with no light). That reflection only she can see is how she sees herself, and it is a mystery to us as the audience. This is a fictionalized story, so was are in the dark as to the reality.
Blonde is released on Netflix on September 23, 2022.
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