‘BLONDE’ REVIEW: SEXIST & CRUEL
Netflix’s “Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, goes Number 1 on the streaming service’s chart after its first day available to stream, but the critics and viewers are calling it “sexist,” “cruel” and “one of the most detestable movies” ever made.
Justin Chang, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote in his review, “The film isn’t really about Marilyn Monroe. It’s about making her suffer.”
“When a movie is truly shattering or devastating, there’s a residual sense of gratitude for what you’ve been through: the necessity of being shaken,” noted Adam Nayman, film essayist and 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, thanks for nothing.”
Started watching “Blonde” the Marilyn movie on Netflix and… it’s so made for the male gaze😭 I hate it. It’s shot beautifully but the content is… not it. Obvious it’s written & directed by a man unfortunately— Danielle Victoria Fuentes (@xoMissDanielle) September 28, 2022
Netflix’s “Blonde” turns Marilyn Monroe into an avatar of suffering, dwelling on her pain so obsessively that even the film’s fleeting moments of empathy feel like another form of exploitation, our critic writes.https://t.co/9eFB4H0Lc0— NPR (@NPR) September 24, 2022