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‘This is NOT a Biopic…Just a Way to Sexualize Marilyn Monroe’: Netizens Fight Back After Netflix’s Ana de Armas ‘Blonde’ Movie Gets Controversial NC-17 Adults Only Rating

Netflix’s new psychological drama, Blonde, starring Ana de Armas has grabbed global headlines recently for bringing the exquisite and immortal Marilyn Monroe on the screen in a largely imaginative movie adaptation. Netflix has launched the first trailer and although it holds back an enormous deal on giving away the plotline, it also delivers sufficient pizzazz to hook the audience into the drama of the tortured global sensation.

Ana de Armas Plays Marilyn Monroe in Blonde
Ana de Armas plays Marilyn Monroe in Blonde

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The film has a stellar cast starring Ana de Armas as the lead, accompanied by a supporting cast comprising Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Sara Paxton, and Julianne Nicholson among others.

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Ana de Armas Is Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s Blonde

The Cuban-Spanish actress, currently 34 years old, has recently garnered much media attention due to her leading roles and breakthrough performances in dark dramas (Deep Water) and spy-action thrillers (No Time to Die). Her role in the ensemble movie Knives Out launched her onto the front lines of Hollywood stars and the recent Russo Brothers’ directed Netflix movie, The Gray Man established her as an A-tier actress.

The stunning transformation of Ana de Armas into the Hollywood icon
The stunning transformation of Ana de Armas into the Hollywood icon

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However, the versatile Ana de Armas has now become the headliner in her career-defining role as the legendary Hollywood icon, Marilyn Monroe. The film has a subtle biopic-like essence and liberally uses the black-and-white trope and the candy-floss flashes of the 50s and 60s. Eerily resembling Monroe, Ana de Armas takes the spotlight as a tortured version of the “blonde bombshell” of Hollywood, deep diving into the sexually revolutionizing era of the American singer, actress, and model.

Ana de Armas film, Blonde, draws stunning parallels to Monroe's iconic pose
Ana de Armas’s film, Blonde, draws stunning parallels to Monroe’s iconic pose

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Blonde Receives a Critical NC-17 Rating By Netflix

Since Netflix dropped the trailer for Blonde, the movie has been receptive to critically divided public attention. The actress herself had made it known that the Andrew Dominik film was not a biopic but rather an “experience” making the audience “feel what it was like to be her”. As the trailer promises, the movie will be an explicit take on the troubled life, struggle in the public eye, and epic demise of Marilyn Monroe. But with the NC-17 rating in the US, the platform is making the fictionalized depiction of the film’s subject seem more realistic and exploitative and the fans aren’t happy.

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The Ana de Armas movie, which has been adapted from a Joyce Carol Oates novel, has already received critical backlash with some saying it will not have a societal impact while others praising the casting choice. Director Andrew Dominik has stated, “if the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the f***ing audience’s problem” and made it clear that his movie is going to be rather demanding.

Blonde premieres on Netflix on September 23, 2022.


Written by Diya Majumdar