Contrary to expectations, “Blonde” received extremely low reviews on both audience and critical levels; It was rated 42% by viewers, and 52% by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, despite the uproar that accompanied its creation, as its events deal with the life of one of the beauty icons in Hollywood history, Marilyn Monroe.
Blonde is the 16th film presented about the life of Marilyn Monroe, who has long inspired filmmakers, writers and novelists to business. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, which was published in 2000, and achieved the highest sales in the United States of America.
Monroe was an American actress, singer and model, who made 29 films in the fifties and sixties of the last century, and the American Film Institute classified her as one of the greatest legends of the female screen in the golden age of Hollywood, so it makes sense that she has told her story several times, especially after her tragic death in 1962 as a result of A large dose of sleeping pills.
The new movie “Blonde” re-imagines Marilyn Monroe’s life, starting with her miserable childhood, with her name proven on her birth certificate, Norma Jean, and then monitors her rise to stardom and the love stories in her life, and the film creates a blurry state in which truth and fiction cannot be distinguished, to explore the great difference between Marilyn and the human being. and its reflection in the public sphere.
The film is directed by Andrew Dominic, a New Zealand-born Australian film director and screenwriter, best known for his 2012 Killing Them Softly and directed episodes of the Netflix series Mindhunter. Netflix) in 2019.
Oates (the novel’s author) agrees with the choice of Andrew Dominic to be the director of the film, telling Yahoo! Movies, “He’s a very good director. I think he manages to show Norma Jean Baker’s experience from her perspective, rather than from the outside, where a man looks at a woman. He is immersed in her perspective.”
See the story of the movie “Blonde”
The story of the movie “Blonde” begins in 1933, when 7-year-old Norma Jeanne lives in Los Angeles with her schizophrenic mother, in a house whose walls are hung pictures that closely resemble the famous actor Clark Gable, in reference to what was rumored about him being the father of Marlin Monroe.
The house catches fire more than once, and the mother tries to drown her daughter, prompting the authorities to place baby Norma Jeane in a government welfare institution.
In 1950, when Norma Jeanne becomes Marilyn Monroe, she is physically assaulted in the office of the head of a Hollywood studio. Dominic shows – in a short space of time for the film – how Marilyn became a game in the hands of men, how her first marriage to baseball star Joe Dimaggio was tragic due to beatings and abuse, and how her marriage to the famous playwright Arthur Miller was miserable due to exploitation.
The film continues to reveal more ugliness; He reviews the scene of Marilyn Monroe being summoned to US President John F. Kennedy’s hotel room, and she asks: “Do I now work in room service?”
Reasons for the failure of the movie “Blonde”
Director Dominic was able to achieve a little fun and joy, especially in those scenes that carried great sincerity by actress Ana de Armas, as well as scenes of Marilyn Monroe’s dialogue with her second husband, writer Arthur Miller on the beach. In this particular scene, the makers of the work present the fact that the beautiful young woman has always searched for the father she was deprived of, and she was exploited in various ways.
Actress Ana de Armas presented a stunning role, in which she evokes the spirit and behavior of Marilyn Monroe, as well as her features, a rare example in making the paradox between a successful performance and a film that barely touches the brink of success.
Dominic – who is also a screenwriter – adopts the same vision of the novel, as he tries to bring sympathy and pity and demonstrate the extent of the injustice that befell Marilyn Monroe, starting from her miserable childhood between an unknown father and a mentally ill mother, and then the exploitation of men for that girl in all stages of her life and stardom. She committed suicide at the age of 36.
The state of pity remains valid for writing and reading, but watching it on the screen is highly unacceptable, especially if the story is about a star who received a lot of pity in 15 previous films about her, as well as being linked to the joy of the audience.
The harshest criticism came from critic Richard Brody in The New Yorker, who accused director Dominic of sadism, “Even if the film Blonde, written and directed by Andrew Dominic, offered a sympathetic and privileged view of Marilyn Monroe’s private life, it would have been Cinematic disaster.The film is ridiculously tacky, as Monroe’s story seems to have been directed by Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” of directorial sadism.
The idea of temporal divergence and transformations throughout the 60 years since her departure remains an important factor in changing the taste and generations and reducing the intensity of fascination with the late star, and therefore the audience who watched the film expected joy and pleasure, came out realizing that his feelings were blackmailed with pity and sympathy for a star who died even before he was born.
“Flashback” (artistic retrieval) may play a good role in the context of the film in terms of form and content, but Dominic added to the black and white scenes of Marilyn Monroe cartoon scenes that are not suitable for viewing by children, and the film has already been classified for adults because of two scenes, one with US President John F. Kennedy, which, besides being an offensive spectacle, does not represent any dramatic necessity in the work.
The director played on the rumors that surrounded Marilyn Monroe in her life and after her death, to finally present a picture of a girl who is being exploited by everyone, and ironically, the work makers presented a model for commercial exploitation as well.
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