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  • snowball
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    I just watched it. Ana was quite good (Nicholson and Brody were very nice too in their small roles) and I also enjoyed the score a lot, but the whole movie is just not it unfortunately. I need to rest on it for a bit before I give my full review but I don’t see awards bodies touching this at all.

    I watched it today as well and I don’t get what was the point of those perspective shots from inside the vagina. It literally ruined the whole movie for me. Ana was great and she certainly deserved better than this.

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    estrelas
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    I watched it today as well and I don’t get what was the point of those perspective shots from inside M’s vagina. It ruined the whole movie for me. Ana was great and she certainly deserved better than this.

    It was serving Cherry. The movie had a lot of questionable shots and moments tbh. Ana certainly deserved a better movie.

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    Bassett
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    The whole thing made me uncomfortable. Ana was definitely acting her ass off and I liked the B&W cinematography but otherwise… it was straight up disturbing at times

    FYC

    AOTY - Renaissance

    Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Brian Tyree Henry.

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    roger88
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    Well, polarizing movies have been nominated before at the Oscars

    Not like this. And usually polarizing had or critics or audience on their side, no both rejecting the film.

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    K Olivia
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    Blonde is intentionally antagonistic in its approach. I wasn’t uncomfortable watching at all. In fact I loved that this film challenged me. It was refreshing & Ana de Armas is sensational.

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    Vicki Leekx
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    Nobody cares about my opinion but I’ll say it anyway. From the first moment, I doubted Andrew Dominik and thought he lacked the sensitivity and artistic vision needed to direct a film like this, but I was terribly wrong. I loved this movie on so many different levels, I’m still trying to think what to say about it, but it’s a work of extremely refined artistic intent. I really do think this movie is going to become a cult classic, and I don’t like people who say that nonchalantly so I really believe it. The cinematography, all the actors, the editing, the score, very very impressive. Ana de Armas’ performance is luminous. Elegance in ugliness is portrayed very richly in this film, it reminded me of Spring Breakers in the best possible way. However, I’ve said this before but this movie is clearly not for everyone and I totally understand anyone who doesn’t want to embrace it, but I think there’s a lot that can be gleaned from this beautiful but extremely fictionalized portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Regarding awards, I highly doubt it will receive any traction but it deserved it in several categories, including the party of disappointments that will be Best Picture this year. Anyway, for anyone reading this, I highly recommend this film.

    Well I care and couldn’t agree more with your thoughts!

    As for me, I didn’t love the movie but it was much better than I expected. Although graphic at times, compared to the novel it was actually quite tame? Director did well to condense such a long novel into under three hours to be honest.

    I was getting shades of Mulholland Drive throughout. The Some Like it Hot premiere was particularly chilling and nightmarish…a great portrayal of suffocating celebrity hysteria. For me the abortion scene brought the film into the body horror genre which I wasn’t expecting. That and the sex scenes of the movie graphically conveyed society’s preoccupation and perhaps even obsession with Marilyn’s body and personal life over her acting talent.

    I have to disagree with the majority of critics saying the movie was constant despair. It was great to see the joy of Norma in one of her dressing room scenes where she’s being read fan mail, her first date with Arthur, their sun soaked honeymoon…I would have liked to have seen more of her happiness and comedic side but let’s not act like that was completely ignored…

    Anyway, the movie is such a harsh critique of the industry I can’t see them giving it any love at all this season. It’s a shame when there seems to be a consensus of boredom with toothless basic biopics outside of awards that is, when something (although technically not a biopic) bold, brave and refreshing comes along it won’t be embraced but shunned.

    Regardless, for me the cinematography and haunting score were surprisingly awards worthy. Not as effective as Spencer but almost there. Less surprisingly was how stunning Ana’s performance was. Yeah her accent came through but I noticed it less and less due to the sheer commitment from her. At times she sounded just like Marilyn, and it was almost scary how much she looked like her in certain scenes (makeup team should maybe get some traction?). I can think of a number of clips that were Oscar worthy on their own from her: Don’t Bother to Knock audition, mirror scene with Whitey, special delivery scene where she’s looking for a tip for the post boy and opening the package…I thought she was remarkable in the role and while the industry won’t bother it would be nice to see some of the critics recognise that.

    FYC:

    Zar Amir Ebrahimi - Holy Spider (Best Actress)
    Ana de Armas, Julianne Nicholson - Blonde (Best Actress, Supporting Actress)
    Samantha Morton - She Said (Best Supporting Actress)
    Kerry Condon - The Banshees of Inisherin (Best Supporting Actress)

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    Manav
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    She’s been very down to earth on this press tour too, which I like. People are commenting negatively on her “going to ask permission” at Marilyn’s grave, but if you read the article it’s clear that she spoke a little more figuratively. She and the entire production team of the film wrote a message and took it there as a tribute, it wasn’t like she went there to try to communicate with Marilyn from beyond. I don’t think she has any hopes of being nominated with the reception the film got. I watched her interview with Stephen Colbert where she even seemed emotional talking about the role and how it’s not an opportunity that an actress like her would get in a lifetime. Not just because of her Latin accent but also because she has, until now, been categorized only as a “sexy” actress or someone to be used as an ornament in action movies. I really hope her career will improve going forward. She has taken a big step towards films with more artistic intention and more challenging roles.

    👏👏 Wonderfully said!

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    Manav
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    I just watched it. Ana was quite good, as were Nicholson and Brody in their small roles, and I also enjoyed the score a lot (and Cinematography to some extent), but the whole movie is just not it unfortunately. I need to rest on it for a bit before I give my full review but I don’t see awards bodies touching this at all. It’s a very tough watch.

    Asking for a suggestion:

    If it’s actually as tough of a watch as you all are saying, should I watch it in one go or by parts to process the film?

    Also judging by the reactions, this film can be taken as a companion piece to Spencer?

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    abelfenty
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    Blonde is one of the most vile, misogynistic pieces of crap I’ve ever watched. Andrew Dominik evidently has no respect for Marilyn as an artist or a person. 3 hours of grotesque exploitation mixed in with anti-abortion propaganda. This is not a biopic. It’s fictionalised torture porn that is nothing but a disservice to Monroe.

    There is absolutely no redeeming qualities to this. I’ve seen praise for the cinematography, but why? One scene is in black & white then it changes to colour with no explanation or logical reason as to why. The aspect ratio also kept changing for no reason.

    How anyone could’ve read this awful script and signed on is beyond me. Ana de Armas was clearly only thinking about her own award prospects.

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    laslo
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    Well I care and couldn’t agree more with your thoughts! As for me, I didn’t love the movie but it was much better than I expected.

    Very nice to know that you liked the movie!🤍
    I’ll start by answering the end of your post. I agree that probably no one in Hollywood is going to bother to validate this material. I think you and I expected that, so no surprises there. And I doubt that many critics groups would go that way either. There is a narrative that has been forming for a few months now on social media that a film like this could only exist to explore the iconography of Marilyn Monroe, that all projects made using pop culture figures are made with the aim of scrutinizing that human being of their legacy as an easy cash grab. Most critics spend most of their day sharing their opinions through Twitter and other social media, and we know how daring to disagree with this hive-mentality can have negative consequences for those who work with it. So I believe that most critics, even if they liked Blonde, will keep that opinion to themselves and simply ignore the film’s existence so that their relevance within that group is maintained. And I prefer that, honestly. I think this movie will find its audience naturally.
    Now about the movie, I also expected something much somber. Spencer left me with much greater anguish when I first watched it. I think this is one of Blonde’s great successes. The film gives us little glimpses of happiness during the constant turmoil that was Monroe’s life. I liked your mention of body horror, but I think the film explores this genre in much more than just the abortion segments. The concept of “celebrity skin” isn’t groundbreaking, but it certainly isn’t often portrayed in movies about real celebrities. Suggesting Norma Jean as a prisoner of Marilyn Monroe and vice versa was very impressive to me. I was very afraid of how the film would treat this person who existed in more than one facet, and I really liked the result. The way the surroundings are always “imprisoning” Monroe/Norma Jean is very complex and interesting to follow, from when she was a baby in the drawer, to the Hollywood system swallowing her, to her own mental state/childhood traumas that create hindrance in her adult life, to her conflicting feelings about abortion/being a mother even though she wasn’t prepared, as her mother had gone through the same dilemma. This quote is a very interesting synthesis of the occurrence of this theme in the film: “In California, you can’t tell if it’s real or just yourself.”.
    I think a large part of the film is owed to the magnificent work of Joyce Carol Oates. It’s an extreme fictionalization to convey a very specific image of a pop culture character. I find the film a little more contained than the novel, but it incites the same feeling. A mirror that reflects immense ugliness. A narrative built through a common denominator among all human beings, which is trauma. As the base material, Andrew Dominik managed to create a ballet between all the elements of this film, which was extremely necessary, since all this work only makes sense if all the parts move with the same ratio of beauty/elegance and sadness/despair. I think he achieved that.
    From a technical point of view I think I would have preferred that it was maybe a little more concise in its scripting and editing. But at the same time I respect the decision because it gives the film a very characteristic pacing and time for these characters to breathe more freely on screen. Spencer’s score is one of the best in recent times so I agree that this one doesn’t quite get there, but I think it was styled extremely coherently with the rest of the material. From the cinematography I was very impressed by some of their choices. The camera work always helping to tell the story, that scene of the ashes entering their house, the sheets turning into a waterfall, there are many examples that I can give here, but you already understand that I liked it a lot. The contrast in the black and white scenes and the technicolor used in the scenes in Marilyn’s movies are the icing on the cake for me. And about Ana de Armas’ performance, I think it’s brilliant and embodies everything the film is about. Her accent isn’t perfect really, but that’s not what makes the performance or the movie, it’s the feeling and atmosphere they created, and that’s it, I really liked it. (By the way, I was getting some shades of Mulholland Drive here and there also)

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    Jackr123
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    I quite enjoyed this. I have some reservations about how much Marilyn is infantilised in this and I did laugh at points I presume I wasn’t supposed to but de Armas is excellent at playing this version of Marilyn, the cinematography and score are lovely and it moves quite quickly. It didn’t feel that long at all

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    K Olivia
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    Everyone is entitled to their opinions. But I think the film harshly critiques the misogyny of celebrity & the Hollywood system pretty head on. Including how women like Monroe weren’t in control of their own identities or bodies. I’d also strongly disagree that this movie is “anti-abortion”. That’s a very steep accusation.

    Yes, this is a fictionalized account of Marilyn’s life. Very much how Spencer embellished Princess Diana’s. I do find it puzzling how the same critics who lauded that movie are now so turned off by of this one. It feels like some already had their knives out before even seeing this. Which certainly says a lot about Film Twitter culture & their hypocritical moral high grounds. But that’s a separate discussion for another day.

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    estrelas
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    Asking for a suggestion: If it’s actually as tough of a watch as you all are saying, should I watch it in one go or by parts to process the film? Also judging by the reactions, this film can be taken as a companion piece to Spencer?

    If you struggled with Spencer, you’re going to have a tougher time with this one. It’s much more inaccessible.

    I managed to watch it in one go but I guess it depends on you idk. If you find it a bit difficult to sit through, then watch it in parts, to let everything sink in.

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    estrelas
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     Less surprisingly was how stunning Ana’s performance was. Yeah her accent came through but I noticed it less and less due to the sheer commitment from her. At times she sounded just like Marilyn, and it was almost scary how much she looked like her in certain scenes (makeup team should maybe get some traction?). I can think of a number of clips that were Oscar worthy on their own from her: Don’t Bother to Knock audition, mirror scene with Whitey, special delivery scene where she’s looking for a tip for the post boy and opening the package…I thought she was remarkable in the role and while the industry won’t bother it would be nice to see some of the critics recognise that.

    I totally agree with u here. I watched it with my mom and in several moments she thought we were watching real footage from Marilyn and I had to keep saying it was all Ana. Their similarity is uncanny.

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