The upcoming biographical drama, Blonde, has been a highly anticipated title for quite some time now. But, right before its premiere on Netflix, the platform dropped a documentary on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Do you need to watch the documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes before streaming Blonde?
What is The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes about?
When you first hear the title of this documentary, you might expect it to tell you facts you didn’t know. The Unheard Tapes is a phrase one only uses when, well, you know, the documentary features something that was, in fact, unheard before. In this sector, The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe fails to deliver. The documentary is a repetition of established facts over and over again, without the mention of anything that the American public did not know before.
However, the redeeming factor of the documentary is that the entire audience isn’t American. While Monroe might have been a largely American name during her time, she is currently known around the globe. Yet, not everyone knows about her death as the people of the country do.
So, if you’re looking for facts about Monroe’s life with no prior knowledge of the same, we highly recommend watching this documentary. However, if you do know about Monroe’s rise to stardom and her death, then perhaps, The Unheard Tapes isn’t quite for you.
Do I need to watch the documentary before streaming Blonde?
Blonde, the highly anticipated upcoming film on Netflix, is also going to be about Marilyn Monroe. Nonetheless, the difference lies in the fact that Blonde will be from Monroe’s perspective. It will not attempt to establish facts unknown.
Rather, this Netflix Original will show the audience Monroe’s life through her own eyes. She watches herself go from being an unwanted child to one of the most desired women in America, not sure what to do with this sudden interest in her. As her life progresses, Monroe gets increasingly overwhelmed until her tragic death at a very young age.
If you know absolutely nothing about Monroe, then you might want to stream The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes before it appears on Netflix. However, if you do, even the basics, then perhaps you might want to skip this one.