by Afra Nariman
Director: Andrew Dominik
Stars: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody
Unnecessary, exploitative, hypocritical (!!), dishonorable, distasteful, inexcusable, pathetic, bad, (stylistically) a gimmick, and many more adjectives could be used to describe Blonde.
Controversial for the sake of controversy; shocking moments for the sake of inducing shock; but with nothing worthwhile to say — only detrimental things which further perpetrate, accentuate and maintain the exploited history and misrepresentation of Marilyn.
Blonde attempts to hide behind the veil (really, the gimmick) of being so-called “artistic” due to its visual style of cinematography, mixture of b&w with color, surreal scenes, etc. — all this to distract, disguise, and boast; yet this film is a disservice on all accounts. And the cinematography’s praise is grossly overstated — not only is it not a redeemable aspect of the film, it is yet another shortcoming. It is over-stylization for the sake of indulgence, and to mask all the negative elements of the film in a false-artistry.
MY RATING /5:
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