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Review of Blonde: Ana de Armas Makes a Stunning Marilyn Monroe

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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Anything but a traditional biopic, Andrew Dominik's Blonde offers a fragmented and problematic account of Marilyn Monroe's life in and out of the spotlight in Hollywood. 

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It is a relentlessly depressing commentary on fame and what it does to a woman who yearns for emotional anchors in vain.

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The Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director is known for his stylistic flashes of brilliance

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 but these are far too infrequent to add up to a film that is consistently hypnotic.

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Ana de Armas' portrayal of the blonde bombshell who wanted to be much more than what the world was willing to let her be is the only constant in the mostly black 

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and white, A-rated Netflix film. In her astonishingly multi-layered performance, confusion, vulnerability, dashed hopes, hurt, and confusion seamlessly coexist.

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Blonde is nearly three hours long, and its punishing length, slow pacing, whimsical plot,

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and overdone stylization makes it a film that is almost as exacting as the peaks and valleys of the life that it depicts.

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That essentially sums up Blonde's plot. It doesn't always get the best outcomes when it searches for highs. 

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The soul does not always show on the face, as is said in the movie in reference to Marilyn Monroe's demise. Even blondes have a soul that does not entirely show on their exterior.

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