Marilyn Monroe has been dead for 60 years, but there is still a kind of madness around her. Just look at the frenzied discourse surrounding “Blonde,” an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional portrait of the Hollywood star that has yet to be seen by mainstream audiences.
There was intrigue surrounding its NC-17 rating and the reasons for its long delay in release (it was filmed before the pandemic). There was curiosity about her star, Ana de Armas, and her native Cuban accent seeped into the trailer. Meanwhile, its director Andrew Dominik, who has been trying to make this movie for over a decade, called it a masterpiece.