The life and work of that beautiful, bashful blond Marilyn Monroe are dissected once more in this annoyingly pleased-with-itself documentary. Director Liz Garbus falls back on the usual enervating mix of scholarly talking heads and behind-the-scenes archival footage, the latter of which at least offers the chance to see an often stressed-looking Norma Jeane Mortenson slipping in and out of her iconic persona. But the badly miscalculated meat of the film is an endless parade of to-camera addresses by performers such as Lindsay Lohan, Viola Davis and Uma Thurman, all reading clumsily from Monroe’s recently discovered letters and journal entries as if it were final-exam time at the Actors Studio.
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