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Review: Ana De Armas Digs Deep as Marilyn in Brutal ‘Blonde’

This image released by Netflix shows Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in "Blonde." (Netflix via AP)
This image released by Netflix shows Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in "Blonde." (Netflix via AP)
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(AP) -- What a dream it must be to be Marilyn Monroe, a starstruck assistant tells her. “Everyone would give their right arm to be you!”

And we cringe, as we'll do many times during Andrew Dominik’s brutal, bruising and often beautiful “Blonde,” starring a heartbreaking Ana de Armas. This time, it's because we already know that Norma Jeane, the real person underneath, is giving so much more than her right arm to be Marilyn. An arm would be getting off easy. She’s giving her body, her sanity, her dignity, her health and probably her very soul to be Marilyn.