|Starring:||Griffin Dunne, Wallace Shawn, Eric Bogosian, Patrick Dempsey, Patricia Richardson, Poppy Montgomery, Titus Welliver|
|Run time:||2 hours 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Jul 2004|
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An OK Film, that skirts around the final issueBy a customer from South Worcestershire , 05 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Nothing wonderful here. It's clear that Norma Jean was brighter than she was obliged to show to the world. However too little attention was given to the links with the Kennedy brothers and their involvement with her final days.
Runs like a made for TV MovieBy a customer from London , 24 Nov 2009It possibly is.
I saw the first half of this years ago and couldn't really remember what it was like, and wanted to see the second half. I only watched it again last week and have already almost forgotten most things about it.
One of the main issues is that it plays like a biographical film, but various chunks have been made up, i don't know whether for dramatisation, but it confuses the film as half of you thinks its about Marilyn Monroe and leads you to think of her in a certain negative light, until you remember its semi fictional so im not entirely sure what the film maker wants you to gain from watching it.
It prompted me to do a bit of light research into Marilyn Monroe to find out if how it portrays her could be correct. I didn't find an answer but the film creates an image of a very emotionally unstable verging on schizophrenic woman who is desperate to be loved, taken seriously, and will prostitute herself to make this happen.
I also think that Poppy Montgomery who was cast as Marilyn/Norma Jean was a mistake. She literally makes Marilyn Monroe look clumsy, classless and just insane.
The film focuses on the early Norma Jean and her becoming Marilyn, but once it hits Marilyn Monroes career it skips great big chunks of her life, doesn't explain or tell you who important characters are and just skims through touching on a couple of movies she made (recreating her acting 1 or 2 famous scenes so you know what year your meant to be at), touches briefly on her relationship with Arthur Miller, although it took a while to mention that the character was meant to be Miller (didn't even put glasses on the actor...?) and then ends on her singing happy birthday to President Kennedy.
Wouldn't bother to waste time renting. I hear there's a new Marilyn biography being made. I'd just wait for that.
A Sad True Story Of A Famous Actress.By filmsaremypassion (149 reviews) from Bexhill , 14 Jan 2009In two parts, Blonde is about the years of Marylin Moonre and how her life changed from bad to worse. Her mother was a mental case, her father did a runner when she was little and her dreams of a actress was the only thing to keep her going. When she becomes known for her good looks and her blonde hair, men want her and women want to be her. But behind the scenes, she's plotting her own death as the men of her life just use her for either sex or drugs. Even her manger is a nasty piece of work! It's qutie sad for a young woman in those times to be subjected like trash, no wonder her death was a mystery but she must have comitted suicide as she was a very lonley and sad woman. The pefomances are very strong from Patrick Dempsey to the leading lady who played Moonre, qutie a few famous faces were there and played their parts well. If you are intrested in the star, rent this one out but be warned it can be very depressing at times so have a box of tissues at your side!
An OK Film, that skirts around the final issueBy a customer from South Worcestershire , 05 Apr 2005Nothing wonderful here. It's clear that Norma Jean was brighter than she was obliged to show to the world. However too little attention was given to the links with the Kennedy brothers and their involvement with her final days.
Not a great film, but told the story well enoughBy a customer from Worcester , 31 Mar 2005I've seen better acting and the director could have done a better job too, but overall the story was reasonably well told. No wonder Norma Jean was mixed up! I still don't know if she died by her own hand. Certainly others were not without blame, trouble is there was just too many. Pity more wasn't made of the Kennedy brothers involvement.
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