Netflix released a new trailer and a whole bunch of images ahead of the premiere of their Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde on September 28th. We have MANY thoughts, but we’ll kick things off with the first two that occurred to us.
One, this looks like it was generated to create buzz, both online and in the awards arena; and two, they sure got the makeup right.
We’ve said this a time or two before, but as two shallow queens rather obsessed with costuming details and image creation, we’ve almost always had an issue with how mainstream Hollywood attempts to recreate Marilyn. They almost never get the makeup quite right, whether we’re talking the unlikely arch of her eyebrow, the wing of her eyeliner, the gloss of her lip or the contouring of her lid.
There’s a specific combination of factors that are so tied to her that if you get them right, you’ve pretty much nailed the visual mimicry. Drag queen Marilyn impersonators have understood this for 70 years. Makeup legend Kevyn Aucoin practically made his name on the idea, having famously turned such unlikely muses as Lisa Marie Presley and Liza Minnelli into astonishingly faithful recreations of the iconic blonde screen goddess. So yes. Good job to the makeup department on Blonde, which is (perhaps unsurprisingly) too large to single out any names here. It’s very clear that director Andrew Dominik and his crew placed an enormous amount of importance on getting the iconic imagery of Marilyn as true and correct as possible, based solely on how many of those images they slavishly recreate.
That’s impressive and it speaks of a commitment to doing right by its subject, but it doesn’t actually tell us if this film or what it has to say about its much-discussed subject is going to be any good. Ana de Armas certainly looks like she’s giving it everything and pretty much everyone in the cast looks great, from what little we can see of them in this trailer. We are nothing if not intrigued and a little delighted by the mimicry. We don’t know if another “tortured sex symbol” take is really merited, so we’re hoping there’s more than just Norma Jeane being victimized and breaking down over and over again.
Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde 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, BLONDE blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the film boasts a cast led by Ana de Armas and featuring Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.
Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde boldly reimagines the life of Marilyn Monroe, exploring the split between her public and private selves.
Director: Andrew Dominik
Written for the screen by: Andrew Dominik
Based on the fictional novel: Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates
Producers: Brad Pitt,
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon,
Cast: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Julianne Nicholson, Lily Fisher, Evan Williams, Toby Huss, David Warshofsky, Caspar Phillipson, Dan Butler, Sara Paxton, Rebecca Wisocky
Releasing Globally on Netflix September 28, 2022
[Photo Credit: – Video Credit: Netflix/YouTube]
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