Participating in the Venice Film Festival is the movie adaptation of the novel of Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde, and it is about to arrive on Netflix this week. Surprisingly, according to the author of the material where it is based on, the #MeToo movement is to be credited for the controversial film.
Blonde will follow the life of Marilyn Monroe in fiction based on the novel of Joyce Carol Oates about the painful life of the famous actress and it became controversial as it received an NC-17 rating, one of the first films to ever have such on Netflix.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Joyce Carol Oates credits the #MeToo movement for taking part in the creation of Blonde, “Because of the MeToo movement, there’s much more latitude in listening to or paying respect to women who have been victimized.”
Oates added, “Before Harvey Weinstein, there wouldn’t have been as much sympathy. People would say, ‘Oh, you’re exaggerating,’ ‘It wasn’t that bad,’ or ‘You’re just saying that,’ or ‘He didn’t really rape you; you’re making it up.’"
Oates revealed how the #MeToo movement changed today's perspective on women, "But now, since MeToo, people are more respectful of how women are exploited.”
“It’s not a feel-good movie. Many films about Marilyn Monroe are kind of upbeat and have a lot of music and singing. She’s very beautiful and sweet. This one is probably closer to what she actually experienced. The last few days of her life were brutal," Oates explained.
Ana De Armas headlines Netflix's Blonde as Marilyn Monroe in the controversial film directed by Andrew Dominik and is one of the participants selected for this year's Venice Film Festival where the movie received a 14-minute standing ovation.
An unusual NC-17 rating has been given to the film for its explicit scenes and it is expected to tackle some sensitive topics like drug abuse, abortion, graphic sex, nudity, and more. There is even a rape scene in the movie resulting to the said rating.
Netflix’s Blonde stars Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, Adrien Brody as Arthur Miller, Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio, Caspar Phillipson as John F. Kennedy, Julianne Nicholson as Gladys Pearl Baker, Xavier Samuel as Charles Chaplin Jr., Luke Whoriskey as James Dean, Michael Masini as Tony Curtis, Sara Paxton as Miss Flynn, and more.
Netflix’s Blonde arrives on Netflix on September 28, 2022.