Netflix users can’t wait to see controversial NC-17 biopic “Blonde”
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The trailer and the first images of Andrew Dominik Blond are finally here, and Ana de Armas absolutely shines as Marilyn Monroe.
She also tugs at the emotions and hearts of anyone who’s ever felt like they had to “fake it in order to do it”. At the heart of the story is a woman torn between two halves of herself, and the NC-17 rating for Blond means fans are in for a polarizing watch when the film hits Netflix this fall.
The synopsis for Blond reads as follows:
“Blond boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blond blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the growing divide between his public and private selves.
The first trailer for the film premiered this morning, and it’s a raw look at the emotional turmoil fans will see from Monroe’s experience as the story unfolds. Both the apple of everyone’s eye and the shell of her old self, Monroe had to navigate life as two versions of herself, and the older Marilyn grew, the less Norma seemed to exist.
The note certainly has fans wondering which part of his life will be shown and which part of the story will be accurate. Blond is based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. Oates shared that the book is “not a biography” and should not be read as such. Fans walk in Blond should view it with that same idea in mind.
Some fans are excited about the NC-17 rating, given the likely reason it’s rated as such — sexual content.
Others are a little worried about what that means. Monroe was a sex symbol, it’s not a fact that’s ever been disputed, but it wasn’t all glamor and glitz for the icon. Pieces of her life were painful, hard to imagine, and heartbreaking.
This fan doesn’t specifically state which scene it is, but says he believes he knows why the movie gets an NC-17 rating after reading the book.
Dominik spoke with Vulture in May and said there was something in it to really offend everyone, and it’s not something he tried to avoid – in fact, it’s something of a focal point .
“It’s an interesting time for Blond to get out. If it had come out a few years ago, it would have come out right when Me Too hit and it would have been an expression of it all. We’re in a time now, I think, where people really don’t know where the lines are. This is a movie that definitely has a moral about it. But it’s swimming in very ambiguous waters because I don’t think it’s going to be as straightforward as people want to see it. There is something to shock everyone. »
This fan is grateful for the rating as they say the stigma around NC-17 movies needs to be dropped.
Monroe’s life and death continue to be glorified as part of a Hollywood story, a character almost larger than life. Still, it’s important to remember the human – the woman at the center of the flashing lights and the iconic laugh.
Blond hits Netflix in September.