Recently the highly-anticipated CNN docuseries- Reframed: Marilyn Monroe- was released. Was it worth the watch? Or better yet, was it a ‘reframed’ view of Marilyn Monroe that many other documentaries and books fail to take on?
The series begins briefly with Marilyn’s childhood and ends with her passing in 1962. Covering pretty much all aspects of her life, or at least that’s what you’d think. While the docuseries starts and ends where Marilyn’s life did- it, unfortunately, fails to focus on Marilyn’s personal life and instead more so on her film career and the walls she broke through in that aspect. I appreciate how they spent a bit of time on her mental health and how she still worked hard throughout her struggles, but wish it was represented more so of how much Marilyn's mental health affected her. CNN also lacked to add prominent details in general (such as some significant relationships/milestones and how Joe DiMaggio helped get Marilyn out of the psych ward were completely left out).
Most likely, they didn’t want to make her seem like she was depressed and/or unhappy all the time, which I 100% understand, but I don’t think having added this would make it seem that way. I would have also liked it if it was mentioned more frequently about how much she studied, read, and overall what her life was like outside of the film industry.
Reframed: Marilyn Monroe was almost solely accurate, apart from a few things (expected with any book or documentary). These are a few- not all- of the things corrected that the documentary got wrong.
The documentary overall ended very sweetly, showing the beach- one of Marilyn’s favorite places- and a very personal quote from Marilyn, which you’ll have to watch for yourself to hear!
As a whole, the documentary was very well-done and entertaining to watch- that pretty much gave a new, reframed, and accurate view of Marilyn (I did learn some new things about Marilyn and feel I know her better!). I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Marilyn Monroe or Old Hollywood.
“Now, of course, her early death is a tragedy, but that doesn’t override everything that she achieved up until that point. She became the biggest movie star in the world, and she remains one of the most famous and instantly recognizable women in history.”
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