Joyce Carol Oates reacted to this Blond‘s NC-17 rating stating what Marilyn Monroe really went through is “much worse” than anything shown in the film.
Netflix’s new psychodrama biopic, starring Ana de Armas as the late Hollywood icon, is based on Oates’ 2000 novel of the same name.
Since its theatrical release, it has received mixed critical reviews that of the independent Amanda Whiting argues that “Blond is not a movie around Marilyn Monroe’s exploitation, but a new low in Hollywood’s treatment of her – a sex object reduced to a sex organ.
However, it has received a lot of attention for its rating for sexual content in the US, meaning no one under the age of 17 can view it, and to which de Armas has strongly disagreed.
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, Oates said that while she had “no particular feelings” about the review, she clarified that “the real things that happened to Marilyn Monroe are far worse than anything in the movie.”
“The bombastic movie star has long been established as a tragic figure, a woman who was abused by Hollywood studios, her husband Joe DiMaggio, and as a child by her ailing mother,” Whiting writes, adding, “rather than challenging the conventional narrative.” ‘, director Andrew Dominik ‘takes it to an even darker and even more invasive place’.
Speaking on the subject, Oates stated, “It’s not a feel-good film. Many films about Marilyn Monroe are somehow upbeat and have a lot of music and singing. She is very beautiful and sweet. This one is probably closer to what she actually experienced. The last days of her life were brutal.
The 84-year-old author also hailed Dominik’s film as a “work of art,” saying, “I think Andrew’s vision is parallel to or identical to my own. But he also made a film that is unique.”
Blond Premiered on Netflix on September 28th.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/marilyn-monroe-blonde-joyce-carol-oates-ana-de-armas-b2175530.html Joyce Carol Oates says Marilyn Monroe went through “much worse” than anything else in Blonde