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Blonde ending explained – will Norma ever find love?

September 28, 2022

This article is about the Netflix movie Blonde (2022) ending and will contain spoilers.

at Andrew Dominick blonde movie (2022) is a polarizing experience. Many expected a sexy romp. And if you were in the critical projection in which I was, many made fun of the various situations in which our dear Norma Jean found herself. Frankly, I found that deplorable. It’s not a film celebrating the star but a dramatization of what men do to women. Hollywood’s sexualization began with the casting couch. So, Blond is best explained through the prism of different traumas and experiences she had growing up that led her to stardom.

Now I never read the great Joyce Carol Oates fictionalized account of the life of Marlyn Monroe. Thus, experiences with famous stars should not be taken as a biography. However, Dominick has always been very faithful to the source material.

Only a small child at the time, Norma’s relationship with her mother, Gladys (Julianne Nicholson), was tragic. The single mother was suffering from a breakup caused by depression. She often referred to Norma’s father. How? Pointing to a picture above his child’s bed and never telling him the man’s name, only he was a powerful man in Hollywood and lived in the hills, currently in flames.

Gladys tried to lead Norma Jean there during the fire, was turned away and tried to drown her daughter in the tub. His mother went to a psychiatric hospital, and the adorable child grew up in an orphanage. The trauma of abandonment can have a strong psychological effect on a child. The loss of her mother only added to Monroe’s abandonment issues with her father, a theme throughout the film.

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Norma’s relationship with her agent and studio head was her transformation into Marilyn Monroe. The film shows scenes of the agent (Dan Butler) touching his leg inappropriately during a screening. And after visiting her mother, she organizes an auction for a studio head and plans to find her father. There, she is raped by the head of the studio, suffering from sexual trauma from this assault. I had a scary thought from this, read the last paragraph below.

Marylin’s relationship with Charlie Jr. and Sydney Chaplin is portrayed in the film as a “group”. This relationship was a sexual rebirth for Monroe, which was exploited by the manager/agent and studio head. She became pregnant with Charlie’s child, but the film alludes to her abortion for the sake of her career.

Marylin’s relationship with Joe Dimaggio (Bobby Cannavale) is messy. His abandonment issues with his father are frequent during this period. She receives letters from someone claiming to be her father, but it could be a fan who knows her background. That thought is on her mind, and when she’s told a remarkable man wants to see her in a hotel room, she assumes it must be “dad.” She arrives and her boyfriend Joe Dimaggio is waiting for her and proposes to her. Later, Chaplin Jr blackmails Dimaggio with sinister private photos of her together. Joe D then defeats her.

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Marylin’s relationship with Arthur Miller (Adrien Brody) causes her to make changes, as she wants a family but acts distant. Norma Jean may feel inadequate in a relationship where someone treats her with respect. Unfortunately, she miscarries and her marriage falls apart as the trauma of this event can lead to anxiety, depression and PTSD. This leads to her relationship with John F. Kennedy (Casper Phillipson), who uses her as a form of adaptability for his sexual pleasure. At this time, Monroe most likely has concurrent disorders, which are a combination of mental health disorders and substance use disorders (SUD). This would be correct if she suffers from what we described above and uses alcohol and pills. The film then alludes to her having an abortion against her will because she may be carrying the child of the leader of the free world.

The film ends with Norma Jean receiving a package. It’s the same stuffed animal she had as a child. In the film, she found an exact similar one with the Chaplin brothers; that was the last time we saw him. She said, with tears in her eyes, “But you also wanted the baby dead.” Monroe then pulls out a card. Norma Jean opens it, and it’s empty. The words are fulfilled for her: “There was never a tearful father, Cass.” The final scenes show our blonde trying to call someone, but looks like she’s about to pass out as she stares through the white skylight. The final shot shows the father figure barely breaking through the fog.

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Netflix movie Blond ending explained

The ending connects Monroe’s abandonment issues, knowing her father and mother didn’t want her, and how she and her lover, Cass, weren’t either. We can assume staring into the white light means she’s dying of drug addiction. The last scene of this father figure depicts not a big reunion with his father, but how the issue was a gray cloud that overshadowed his life until his death.

Side note: I also thought of a theory. The image and image in Norma Jean’s head of her father resembles a younger version of the studio executive she was assaulted by. It’s the same studio his mother refers to when she says that’s where he worked. Monroe tells her mother that she has a hearing before the assault and will investigate the case there. The movie nods to its “dad” when she asks the same frame at a premiere, and he tries to calm her down when she asks if her dad will be there. So this begs the question:

Was the studio head who sexually assaulted Monroe her father?

What do you think of the Netflix movie Blonde (2022) and the ending? Comments below.

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