Blonde gives us a look into the traumatic life of Marilyn Monroe. (Ana de Armes) The big word here is traumatic.
I don't think you can escape the discourse surrounding Blonde on the internet right now. It's a widely hated movie and I completely understand why. I didn't like it either, but I also didn't end up hating it as much as I expected to.
This film wants you to know that Marilyn had Daddy issues with a capital D. Her absentee father is a lingering thorn in her side. She calls all her lovers "daddy" which is exactly as cringy as it sounds. Nearly every single scene Marilyn is in, she cries. It's depressing. There's no happiness to be found here. If Marilyn isn't crying, or calling someone daddy, she's being forced to have an abortion, or a miscarriage, all while we get CGI fetus shots to really hammer it home. It's foul.
On the flip side, it's technically very well made. The cinematography, the editing, the beautiful score, those are all great and it's frustrating that the screenplay is nowhere in the same league as the work the rest of the crew put in. Director/Writer Andrew Dominik is just more interested in her pain than anything else. He has some great moments as a director, like when famous pictures we've seen of Marilyn are re-created, but the writing is atrocious.
This is definitely a Netflix movie. If you don't have the service, I wouldn't pay to see this in theaters. Especially if you're a Marilyn fan, I think you'll leave this being more frustrated than anything else. Ana does give an excellent performance, accent aside.
Grade: C- (though if we're talking screenplay, solid D to F, but I feel bad bringing the whole movie down when everyone else did their jobs so well)