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Bleak biopic with top-notch acting   Starring: Ana de Armas, Adrian Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Evan Williams and Xavier Samuel   Rating: 4/...

Bleak biopic with top-notch acting

 Starring: Ana de Armas, Adrian Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Evan Williams and Xavier Samuel

 Rating: 4/5*

Blonde is a bleak and depressing fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe’s life and ends up being more believable than most biopics coming out today.

Andrew Dominik writes and directs the film masterfully and flawlessly, and unlike other filmmakers who direct biopics, forces the viewer to look at the harsh and cruel life of Marilyn Monroe. He shows deeply disturbing visuals unflinchingly and at the other end of the spectrum, shows deeply emotional visuals that will definitely make the viewer shed a tear. Shot gorgeously by Chayse Irvin alternating between crisp black and white and colour and aspect ratio, the black and white cinematography provides the film with an even bleaker look, making the film all the harder to sit through comfortably.

Ana de Armas flawlessly plays Marilyn Monroe in an almost believable performance. Adrian Brody is excellent – as usual – as Arthur Miller. Bobby Cannavale is also excellent as Joe DiMaggio. Evan Williams and Xavier Samuel are great as Eddy Robinson Jr. and Cass Chaplin respectively.

The score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is excellent. Much like Spencer, this biopic focuses more on the emotional state of the person rather than the facts. Blonde is an extremely polarizing film that says a lot about the viewer depending on whether he or she likes or dislikes the film.

There’s a scene where Ana de Armas looks into the camera and says, “What business of yours is my life?” which critiques the engagement of the media in a celebrity’s life.

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