An actor who worked on Netflix’s Blonde claims the film is supposed to be ‘traumatic’ to watch. Watch the trailer here:
Previously, viewers claimed they were left feeling ‘disgusted’ at the tragic portrayal of Marilyn Monroe’s life, to the point of needing to turn the movie off after just 20 minutes.
The highly anticipated film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, received a 14-minute standing ovation at Venice Film Festival earlier this month but, after tuning in, viewers at home struggled to understand why.
Now, Adrien Brody, who portrays Monroe’s third husband Arthur Miller, defended the movie after it received such a mixed response from the audience.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brody called the Blonde director Andrew Dominik ‘beautifully brave’ for his work on the film.
He told the publication: “I think that since it’s told in this first-person perspective, it works somehow for the film to be a traumatic experience.
“Because you’re inside of her – her journey and her longings and her isolation – amidst all of this adulation.”
He continued with his perspective of the movie: “It’s brave and it takes a while to digest. And I think it’s in conflict with what the public’s perception of what her life is.
“And I think that’s where the film triumphs, because – whether it’s an extreme depiction or not – it’s honouring the extreme chasm between the public’s perception of the fame and the glory of Hollywood’s most famous, iconic actor, and the reality of that individual – the loneliness and emptiness and mental turmoil and abuse of that individual.
“It’s fearless filmmaking."
Fans and critics alike have complained about Blonde since it dropped on the streaming site, arguing that it has totally 'exploited' Marilyn Monroe and 'disrespected' her legacy.
"I've never been so disgusted by a movie in my life," TikTok film reviewer @kailikesmovies told his followers.
"How this movie has passed through so many people and nobody thought to go 'this movie is disgusting and disrespectful to a real-life human being that has died' is beyond me."
While Netflix makes it clear in its official synopsis that this movie is a 'reimagining' of Marilyn Monroe's life, many viewers have agreed that the script might have taken these 'reimaginings' a bit too far.
You can watch Blonde now on Netflix.