Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, skyrocketed to the top of Netflix’s movie charts after its first day on air, but the NC-17 drama is leaving many subscribers outraged. The film may have made waves at the Venice Film Festival with its 14-minute standing ovation, but critics and viewers call it “sexist”, “cruel” and “one of the most hateful” ever made.
“Given all the indignities and horrors Marilyn Monroe has endured in her 36 years, it’s a relief that she didn’t have to endure the vulgarities of ‘Blonde,’ the latest necrophiliac entertainment to exploit her” , wrote the New York Times. film critic Manohla Dargis, who analyzed the film in her review.
“Blonde” is based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel of the same name and loosely recreates the many heartbreaks and tragedies of Monroe’s life and career, from her abusive mother to various sexual assaults in Hollywood. While Ana de Armas’ performance was widely acclaimed, the film itself sparked outrage for its relentless harassment, exploitation and traumatization of Monroe.
“I had the extreme misfortune to watch ‘Blonde’ on Netflix last night and let me tell you, this movie is so anti-abortion, so sexist, so exploitative,” added abortion researcher Steph Herold. at the University of California, San Francisco. . “I can’t recommend it LESS. Do not look. The abortion scenes in particular are terrible, but so is the whole movie.
Herold added: “It depicts Marilyn being forced into her first abortion, screaming on the table that she’s changed her mind, then she hallucinates when she finds a crying baby in her childhood home, which is engulfed in flames. “
Justin Chang, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote in his review: “The movie isn’t really about Marilyn Monroe. It’s about making her suffer.
“When a film is really upsetting or devastating, there’s a residual sense of gratitude for what you’ve been through: the need to be shaken,” noted Adam Nayman, essayist and film critic for The Ringer. “‘Blonde’ is the kind of movie that brutalizes you for three hours, feigns a sigh and says, ‘You’re welcome.’ Well, thank you for nothing.
A spectator claimed on Twitter that the film exists to “put Norma/Marilyn in a box that doesn’t allow her to be abused, sexualized, or called people daddy,” adding, “Maybe we stop letting misogynistic men try to make groundbreaking movies about women they know nothing about.”
“Blonde” is now streaming on Netflix.
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