Andrew Dominik, known for his brilliant biopics, returns to direct the film ‘Blonde’. About Marilyn Monroe’s life, controversy and everything.
Why are biopics less attractive to film lovers? Well.. generally, many filmmakers just take the story from the character raw. In other words, they make biopic films with narratives that are as they are, without being able to process them. This is usually the case when the screenwriter wants to cover the entire spectrum of a character’s entire life, including career, romance, family, and more. Although in fact many successful biopic films only take one or two big and important moments from the character.
One of the most awaited biopics for film fans today is Marilyn Monroe’s biopic entitled ‘Blonde’ by Andrew Dominik. This film is not categorized as a conventional biopic, however, ‘Blonde’ which has been delayed for years, is still waiting for fans. This film will tell the life of Norma Jeane Mortensen, or who is familiarly known as Marilyn Monroe.
Apart from ‘Blonde’, Andrew Dominik has also directed 4 other films since 2000. ‘Chopper’ was his first film, and became his most extraordinary film. Action drama film based on the biographical book of criminal Mark “Chopper” Read. This film is about Mark’s life while in prison.
In addition, his other films are also very famous because he can process films that people think are difficult. This is also what makes fans really look forward to the controversial film ‘Blonde’. This year’s film is also born out of great dedication to its main source, a novel also titled ‘Blonde’ by Joyce Carol Oates, which is also about Marilyn Monroe. According to a New York Times review, the novel is partly Gothic, partly kaleidoscopic idea novel, partly celebrity horror story, and is rarely less exciting.
Previously, it turned out that Andrew had also been interested in filming Marilyn, in an interview during the press release of the film ‘Killing Them Softly’ in 2012. He was interested in the psychological and life elements of Marilyn and called the film “an emotional nightmare fairy tale” and referred to Marilyn as “Orphans lost in the forest”.
In this film, Andrew is also attached to the atmosphere and other material of the era, including a possible film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain which never happened.
Jessica Chastain became an actress who was originally going to play Marilyn in this film, but eventually stepped back and left the ‘Blonde’ project. Until 2019, it was announced that Ana de Armas would play Marilyn in this film. The photos that spread after Ana was dressed in Marilyn’s look, gave an incredible resemblance.
Subsequently, ‘Blonde’ reprized other roles by Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio (credited as The Playwright and The Ex-Athlete, respectively), with Julianne Nicholson, Toby Huss, and familiars Dominik Scoot McNairy and Garret Dillahunt occupies an additional role.
Andrew hinted that ‘Blonde’ will be a film that may lack dialogue than his previous films. This is because the novel is very brutal in describing the cruel difficulties of Monroe’s life. Some scenes that will disturb the audience may be included in the film, such as rape scenes.
The author, Joyce, has praised Andrew’s work, which he says is brilliant, for bringing a feminist side to the life of one of the most famous women in history, from the perspective of a man who is famous for the deconstruction of the macho genre.
There has been speculation that ‘Blonde’ will not be at this year’s Cannes festival, and Netflix has already opened the screens for the film. Uncertain release date of ‘Blonde’ because it is still in production.
‘Blonde’ is going to be a film with controversy and all, will be a grim, beautiful and unique piece by Andrew Dominik. And this is the main factor why ‘Blonde’ is highly anticipated this year.