‘Blonde’ is a ‘vicious’ account of the tragic life of Marilyn Monroe

By | September 22, 2022

In 2021, journalist Adam Serwer printed a Trump administration column titled “The Cruelty Is the Level”. The appellation may higher swimsuit writer-director Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde,” a vicious assault on film legend Marilyn Monroe so unrepentant it’d compel Bernie Taupin so as to add one other verse to “Candle within the Wind.”

Ugly, moody and, sure, merciless, “Blonde” isn’t a celebration, however a stain on a 60-year-old useless icon whose life has been traumatic sufficient with out Dominik additional exploiting the delicate existence of Norma Jeane. Baker. As a substitute of seeing her because the survivor that she was, Dominik sees solely a sufferer, so determined to be beloved that she sacrificed Norma Jeane to the fictional character of Marilyn Monroe. It made her a star beloved by thousands and thousands around the globe, however it was a Faustian discount meant to destroy the unhappy little woman cowering within the shadow of the horny, assured, lovable alter-ego of his personal creation. However is that every one there was to it?

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in "Blond."

Dominik appears to assume so, drawing inspiration from Joyce Carol Oates, whose 1999 supply novel, “Blonde,” predated the #MeToo motion by almost 20 years. In it, she makes use of an impressionistic guess to create a surreal imaginative and prescient of how Norma Jeane noticed not solely Marilyn but in addition her enablers, from predatory studio bosses to lovers who didn’t delve into her outward magnificence, whereas solely acknowledging not his mind and expertise. None of this comes as a shock to the legion of Monroe followers. Dominik is aware of this, which might be why he joins a tedious procession of wolves nonetheless looking down what’s left of an extinct celebrity.