“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, Bobby Cannavale
Release Date: September 23, 2022
I missed the first full length Blonde (2022) trailer last week. It is still worth talking about.
First thing first.
I had no idea that Blonde was first made into a two part series in 2001. Had no idea that Joyce Carol Oates’ novel was adopted for the screen before this Andrew Dominik project. In the 2001 story, Poppy Montgomery played Marilyn Monroe. Have never heard of her. Titus Welliver plays the Baseball Player, AKA Joe DiMaggio. Griffin Dunne plays The Playwright, AKA Arthur Miller. Also Jensen Ackles is in it. How about that. This turn of the century story takes place over two episodes with each episode was over two hours according to IMDB.
Andrew Dominik’s story is one long movie, running at two hours and forty-six minutes. The story seems to have the same dramatic rollercoaster ride, and Ana de Armas is having to start the ride, strap everyone in, do all the loop-de-loops and stop the ride in its tracks.
The emotional trauma of Blonde is going to take place in both black-and-white, and color. This is something I did not know and I did not expect, but I am fascinated by. What is it about Andrew Dominik’s screenplay that signifies the difference between the scenes where we get Monroe in technicolor and we get her in binary? Based off this trailer, I think it has to do something with the way her visage was perceived. The dialogue that Monroe is having with The Baseball Player (Bobby Cannavale) is about two different people; the child Norma Jean and the grown-up idolized Marilyn Monroe. Are the two different tones a cue for moments when she sees herself as the Hollywood juggernaut and then as the childlike wonderer?
It was the writing style and choice of Joyce Carol Oates to not use real names for everyone involved. DiMaggio is referred to as the baseball player, Miller is referred to as the Playwright, and Monroe’s first husband James Dougherty was referred to by a pseudonym Bucky Glazer. Cannavale is playing DiMaggio, Adrien Brody is playing the Playwright and Caspar Phillipson is playing The President. If you have not seen Caspar Phillipson, look him up because he looks exactly like Robert Redford.
Also there is a character in this story called The President’s Pimp (Spencer Garrett). What is that all about?
Blonde is coming out on Netflix on September 23rd. It is going to be a high profile release. It is going to have a lot going for it and a lot of controversy behind it. Dominik has made movies about self-destructive personalities and complicated figures. I very much enjoyed Killing Them Softly (2012) and The Assassination Of Jesse James (2007) is most likely his most respected work. Blonde is going to be a huge talking point. It is going to get a tone of eyes. It is going to make audiences have to pay attention. Blonde is said to have not a lot of dialogue and is said to be a visual story. The different color schemes lend to that.
Is Ana de Armas going to get the same treatment as Kristen Stewart did for playing Princess Diana in Spencer (2021)? She has the chance to nominated for her first Oscar playing a complicated figure that is seen in different lens through different phases and interpretations of history. Seems like a repeatable formula.
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