Blonde

From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, this reimagined fictional portrait of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves.

  • Released: 2022-11-11
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
  • Stars: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Garret Dillahunt, Julianne Nicholson, Sara Paxton, Toby Huss, Scoot McNairy, Rebecca Wisocky, Catherine Dent, Sonny Valicenti, David Warshofsky, Evan Williams, Xavier Samuel, Ned Bellamy, Caspar Phillipson, Lucy DeVito, Michael Masini, Spencer Garrett, Chris Lemmon, Dan Butler, Lily Fisher, Colleen Foy, Haley Webb, Brian Konowal, Tatum Shank, Andrew Thacher, Alexander Kanellakos, Dominic Leeder, Lidia Sabljic, Isabel Dresden, Skip Pipo, Tyler Bruhn, Ravil Isyanov, Tim Ransom, Judy Kain, Time Winters, Rob Brownstein, Danielle Jane Darling, Mia McGovern Zaini, Rob Nagle, Emil Beheshti, Jeremy Shouldis, Ethan Cohn, Steve Bannos, Mike Ostroski, Deana Molle', Danielle Lima, Christopher Kriesa, Eric Matheny, Jerry Hauck, Scott Hislop, Dieterich Gray, Kiva Jump, Patrick Brennan, Chris Moss, Ryan Vincent, Brian Konowal, Eden Riegel, Tygh Runyan, Vanessa Lemonides, Michael Drayer, Claudia Smith, Mary-Pat Green, Ron West, Flynn Pratt, Scott Wilder, Sal Landi, Seth Meriwether, Darrin M. Schlie, Juli├ín Rebolledo, Allan Havey, Tereza Rizzardi, Mia McGovern Zaini, Garret Dillahunt
  • Director: Andrew Dominik
 Comments
  • fciocca - 12 January 2023
    Disjointed and incomprehensible artsy film about Marilyn Monroe, that definitely over welcomed its staying.
    I am not an expert on Marilyn's professional and personal life, but I know enough to know that this was for the most part invented. At this point you might as well create a plot about an invented character and create a story around it. There are a few well written dialogues here and there, but the final result is just a pretentious movie that feels disjointed, suffering from an identity crisis. There are some scenes that fit well in a biopic, but then you have these dreamy sequences that could be part of fantasy production, followed up by some horror and thriller moments. For sure Monroe was over victimized: seeing Ana de Armas crying for most of the time was really annoying, and I am sorry to say this because I think she is a skilled actress, but here was just unbearable. Obviously the fault is all on the screenwriters, who wrote a mediocre character that has no depth whatsoever. Overall there was a huge waste of talents; seeing people such as Adam Broody and Bobby Cannavale being involved in this project is really shameful; considering that their career is marked by great successes, they could aim for better jobs. "Blonde" is a boredom fest of almost three hours where very little happens. This could be an opportunity to introduce to the younger generation the Monroe legend with a simple and effective biography that would actually explain her life, what were her achievements, how she changed the entertainment industry, leaving her own mark and of course explaining her decline into the tragic death.

    It is really a pity, because from a technical perspective, I have really enjoyed this movie and the cinematography was the only thing that made me keep watching this chaos of a film. I am not sure what Netflix was trying to achieve here, but they confirmed once again that the quality of the content is dropping rapidly. I personally do not recommend it, you will save a lot of time.
  • Waldimore - 10 January 2023
    Misunderstood Film
    I agree w/the person who says this is a horror film. It is. Celebrity culture is infused with some of the worst humanity behavior. Rumors circulated for years about how MARILYN was exploited. But there are other stars with equally ugly tragic lives. For what we know of all the ME TOO crimes, I'm sure what we don't know is uglier.

    Movie is TOO LONG. Also too many indulgent graphic moments. The movie is at its best when the images are stylized. I hated the embryo animation. Seemed like oblique pro life propaganda. It loses points for that especially.

    Marilyn had a tragic life for real and this approximates the horror of it.
  • UniqueParticle - 10 January 2023
    Ana Da Armas is a masterpiece
    It seems most don't realize Blonde was based off a fiction novel from the year 2,000 probably would've gotten less hate although the crew could've focused on less devastating side of Marylin Monroe regardless it's still really well made especially for Ana Da Armas exceptional performance! A very long winded film of emotion, ambient images/music, trauma, romance, and lots of experiences of Marylin most of which are worth watching. Despite any flaws I'm glad this is nominated for a Golden Globe quite worthy of recognition win or loss. Not many movies get an NC-17 rating there's a fair amount of sexual content to endure, the bulk of Blonde is spectacular!
  • dav0043 - 8 January 2023
    Poor reviews are missing the boat
    I did not expect this movie to impact me as it did given the poor reviews. I suspect this film separates those that have encountered/experienced true sadness from average experiences. Stunning portrayal by Ana. Those who disagree, I both envy for your lack of empathy & pity for your shallow emotional capacity.

    The films ambiance is engrossing. The acting engaging. I'm convinced this film will be looked back on, 20 years from now, as groundbreaking. Extolling true experience and emotion as opposed to formulaic plots and outcomes. Well done. History will catch up with what the film's contributors have done here.
  • cruise01 - 7 January 2023
    All over the place and a mess.
    2 out of 5 stars.

    Blonde is a biographical film about the life of Marilyn Monroe from the moments of her childhood to her rise to fame and downfall. The script and direction tries to cross boundaries with its graphic and detailed look of Monroes life. From being sexually abused in relationships. And how she was treated. The film tries to be very artsy with its direction. It turns out dull and tedious. The only best thing about the film is Ana de Armas performance. She delivered a great performance as Marilyn Monroe and her performance is the only positive thing. The film is long. Boring. And the direction is a mess with its narrative structure.
  • r96sk - 6 January 2023
    2hrs 47mins went by in an absolute flash
    'Blonde' is a strange one.

    There is nothing about it that I'd scream from the rooftops about, yet the heavy run time of around 2hrs 47mins went by in an absolute flash - not once was I bored with what I was watching; I tend to check how long is left of a movie when I'm finding it dull, but with this I didn't check at all - as clear a sign as any that I obviously enjoyed it.

    I'm not fully convinced why, admittedly. I think it's just really interesting to watch from start-to-finish, the acting is very good and the film is put together well. I wasn't sure about having Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe during the first few scenes, though I quickly lost those thoughts as she gives a great performance.

    I get the criticisms (though how many biopics truly stick to reality?) but I predominantly judge films as films, and this is a very watchable one in my books. I'm not saying it's anything special, though for a near 3hr flick to fly by it evidently gave me what I require.
  • claudifer_92 - 5 January 2023
    Monroe reduced to a woman with "daddy issues"
    I must say I didn't dislike the horror and darkness of the movie. However, I dislike the inclusion of some storylines that are neither true nor add any value to the overarching story, like the supposed polyamorous relationship with Edward G Robinson Jr and Charlie Chaplin Jr. I also dislike the disconnect between different scenes of Marilyn's life, there was no thread tying the story together.

    But I am most upset about the reduction of Marilyn to a woman that's obsessed with being loved by her absent father. Her character appeared quite one-dimensional. I know the movie is based on a book; however, I would have expected the female author of this book to be much less misogynistic. This film reduced Marilyn to a woman obsessed with the love and attention of men, including her absent father, and with being a mother.

    I also think that portraying her as only a victim takes away a lot from Marilyn, she surely also wanted to enjoy life and did many of the things out of enjoyment and not to please men.

    I know many people disliked the scene with the president, but based on what a womaniser he apparently was I wouldn't be surprised if something like that wouldn't have happened in real life. However, showing that single scene of the relationship confirms this notion that Marilyn was simply "a piece of meat".

    On the other hand, I think the film was beautifully shot and Ana de Armas did a great job.
  • michaelmcmillan-17771 - 4 January 2023
    A gut wrenching tale that should have never been told
    Blonde is a confusing blend of tragedy and heartache though the life of the infamous Marilyn Monroe. There are points where this story can become very powerful to watch but at many points it just feels like this is a story that should have never been told or seen

    There is definitely moments where there is a coherent plot as you go through memories of Monroe's life. However, it is incredibly challenging to pinpoint the exact direction that the entire movie is supposed to be taking as well it feels that every plot point is left incredibly open ended Plot:1.25/2

    Ana de Aromas is fantastic actor but I don't feel like this is her role or anyone's in the films role to shine. While everybody in the film does a great job with the material they are given, it is just so incredibly weak that it feels incredibly hard to get behind their performances of these real life people. The weak material does not allow anyone to shine and show how truly these people should be portrayed Acting:1.5/2

    This story, If you can even call it that, is a total mess. There is absolutely no way you can tell what you are supposed to watching who you are supposed to be rooting and what is the reasoning behind any of it. Weather it is a biopic about the life of Monroe or a take on the daddy issues of Monroe, neither story is told well or even feels like it should be told at all Storytelling:0.75/2

    While biopics can only be so creative, the way the movie is shot and filmed definitely has its creative moments. The moving from black and white to color as well as some of the camera are one of the very few things that draw you into this movie. They are the only creative points that make this movie even somewhat watchable Creativity:1.25/2

    The other factors that end up enhancing this film are certainly the camera work and cinematography as both are unique in the ways in which they present certain story arch. Form the movement from real life to reality, these stories are important and I throughly did enjoy the ways in which they used the camera work to portray them even if felt like they should have never been portrayed in the first place Other Factors:1.5/2

    Overall, this movie is an absolute train wreck and frankly a disservice to an icon. Monroe's troubled life should have never been into film especially in this regard and it is because of this that it makes it incredibly challenging to enjoy the movie as all you do the whole time is absolutely terrible for Monroe at every turn Overall:6.25/10.
  • levi-maayan - 3 January 2023
    A superb glimpse of a male-dominated world
    This is not a movie about Marilyn Monroe. It's a movie about A Marilyn Monroe in a toxic male environment, where you are being exploited, disrespected, looked-down upon and ignored by every men that surrounds you.

    The beautiful cinematography, together with a fantastic performance by Ana de Armas, provide a yet gloomy look at a talented strong women, who had she lived in an equal & tolerant society, maybe would have contributed so much more to our world.

    It doesn't matter that not all of this really happened. It's enough that some of it actually did for us to feel deep sorrow about our society.
  • dex_90 - 3 January 2023
    What could have been an interesting Biopic sadly marred by being saddled with the wrong movie director
    What could have been an interesting Biopic sadly marred by being saddled with the wrong movie director, that for some reason thought every second scene should have been "psychedelic" or "experimental" and that drags on for at least an hour too long. Also with what feels like a too liberal interpretation of real events, which is obvious even for someone that doesn't know too much about the subject matter. I don't think Ana de Armas was necessarily miscast, but she didn't have much to work with between director and script writer (which are seemingly the same person).

    Maybe good as an anti-abortion or anti-drug PSA Awareness movie. Not so much as a biography about Marilyn Monroe.
  • rennyalonzo - 1 January 2023
    Why, why, why??!!
    The opportunity to show the real detail most people would like to know about one of the most known 20th century icon!!

    The acting is wonderful, Ana de Armas make such a great play, excellent casting and the effects are great. The problem here is the story. I know it's based on the Joyce Carol's novel but I'd keep it in a book.

    Another point is that people who doesn't know the novel could get confused about the reality!

    I'm really desapointed of this movie and hope some good writer make something really worth to watch and spend time with !!

    Overly sexualized and nothing is told about her desease endometriosis, the reason she never could have kids.

    If you like the cinematics techniques, this movie is for you, otherwise don't waste your time!!
  • Bpaxson002 - 1 January 2023
    Makes the John Belushi, Wired, seem an Oscar Winner by contrast
    If you are looking for in-depth coverage of M's character, you should change the channel. This miscarriage of digital storytelling is nothing more than attempt to make some money on dead woman's image. However, they did find a new way to do it: Simply make things up!

    Yeah it is based on a crappy novel, but that is no excuse. Maybe the guy who did the direction and scriptwriting should stick to his music videos. He seems unfit for anything else. If I was Netflix, I'd be asking for my money back from Dominik. Or maybe they are looking for a tax write off like WB is using. Can we put this one back in the can and get Batgirl released instead?
  • michael-kerrigan-526-124974 - 31 December 2022
    The antithesis of My Week With Marilyn
    Wow - Blonde was amazing. It was a relief not just for Norma Jean for it to end, but also me as the viewer. At times I found myself wanting to see a proper biopic but it wouldn't have been as good a film. I can understand how Mark Kermode described it as a horror film. I gave My week with Marilyn 8 out of ten because it was enjoyable light entertainment. Blonde is the antithesis of My week with Marilyn. But even though the film doesn't let you know what was real or what was imagined, it didn't matter. To me, it was a tribute to Norma Jean, rather than an extension of her exploitation, that many critics have suggested. To be fair to them though, the imagined scene with JFK was possibly a step too far. Happy birthday indeed. But, I loved it. But won't watch it again. 8.5 out of ten.
  • flamingo-97597 - 31 December 2022
    Idealistic
    Looked like Marilyn except for the nude scenes. This actress was not a freaky face or body like Marilyn. No where there like Marilyn. Otherwise it was interesting. The character who played her mother was done very well. Some of it was rushed while other parts dragged on. Love Marilyn and believe she was a great star that cannot be replicated. No matter who tries to play her it never achieves her heights. She was truly a star unlike anyone who follows her and totally misunderstood. Many will try to immolate her bust so far no one can come close to what and who she was. They did not cover any of her actress friends. Many of whom were famous in their own right an knew Marilyn very well. Shelly Winters was her roommate and she had many famous friends that were left out. I don't think anyone can do justice to her life or legacy on film. To many stars and friend have passed on. Hollywood will always keep her alive because no one can replace her.