‘Blonde’ stars Ana de Armas as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe — here’s how to watch the new drama at home

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  • “Blonde” is now streaming on Netflix and playing in select theaters.
  • The movie stars Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, and offers a fictionalized take on the movie star’s life.
  • Netflix starts at $10/month for standard definition streaming and goes up to $20/month for 4K streaming.

“Blonde,” starring Ana de Armas as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, is now streaming exclusively on Netflix. The movie is also playing in select theaters nationwide. 

“Blonde” is a fictionalized take on actress Marilyn Monroe’s life based on the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. The movie follows Norma Jeane Mortenson’s transformation into the movie star Marilyn Monroe throughout Hollywood in the 1950s. As Monroe’s career skyrockets, “Blonde” explores how behind-the-scenes exploitation and addictions contrast with the star’s on-screen appearance.

Check out the trailer for ‘Blonde’

 

From director and writer Andrew Dominik, the NC-17-rated movie is primarily shot in black-and-white with certain segments in color. The supporting cast includes Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”), Bobby Cannavale (“Third Watch”), Xavier Samuel (“Adore”), and Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”).

If you’re interested in catching up on some of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic movies before you watch Netflix’s dramatic take on her life, check out our roundup of where to stream Marilyn Monroe’s best films

How to watch ‘Blonde’

You can watch “Blonde” at home exclusively on Netflix. The film is a Netflix original, so it won’t be available to stream on any other services. Premium members can stream the movie in up to 4K resolution with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos sound.

Netflix’s basic plan costs $10 a month, which lets you stream on one screen at a time in standard definition. To watch in high definition on up to two devices simultaneously, you’ll need Netflix’s standard plan for $15.50 a month. The price for a premium Netflix subscription is $20 a month, which allows 4K streaming on up to four screens at a time.

The Netflix app is available on most smart TVs, mobile devices, video game consoles, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku products. Check out the full list of supported devices on Netflix’s website.

In addition to streaming the film at home, you can also watch “Blonde” on the big screen in select theaters. You can see if “Blonde” is playing in your area and buy tickets through sites like Fandango.

Is ‘Blonde’ a true story?

“Blonde” is inspired by Marilyn Monroe’s career but it tells a fictionalized story. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, which was published in 2000. The book is not intended as a biography, but is rather a fictionalized version of Marilyn Monroe’s life with a mix of true events.

Before Netflix‘s movie, “Blonde” was adapted into a CBS miniseries in 2001 starring Poppy Montgomery as Monroe.

Why did ‘Blonde’ get an NC-17 rating?

One of the most controversial aspects of “Blonde” is that it received an NC-17 rating. The MPAA’s NC-17 rating indicates that no one 17 or under is allowed admittance to see the film in theaters. This is a more strict rating than R, which still allows viewers 17 and under admittance if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Blonde” will make history as the first NC-17 movie to be released via streaming as a Netflix original. It earned the rating for some sexual content, including a graphic depiction of sexual violence.

Is ‘Blonde’ worth watching?

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe smiling in the mirror

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde.”

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Marilyn Monroe’s story has been told numerous times on screen, but “Blonde” seems to offer an intriguing yet controversial reimagining of her life and career. The movie received a 14-minute standing ovation after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

That said, reviews for “Blonde” are mixed. Critics praise Ana de Armas’ performance and the film’s unique cinematography, but some reviewers have taken issue with the movie’s unsettling and exploitative content. As of September 28, “Blonde” holds a “50%” score on Rotten Tomatoes.