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Life is only what you wonder.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

New Review

Monster (2003)
Rating: R; (strong violence and sexual content, pervasive language)
Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci
Directed by: Patty Jenkins

When the husband decided to go to Blockbuster to pick up a DVD for us, I was a little aprehensive.
Our tastes in movies are very different, and not being with him, I didn't have any "veto power".
But the husband done good this time. He picked a movie that we actually both wanted to see.

Monster (based on a true story) is about Aileen Wuornos, who had a difficult and cruel childhood plagued by abuse and drug use. She became a prostitute (and pregnant) by the age of 13.
Wuornos eventually became a highway prostitute, servicing the desires of truck drivers. This movie focuses on the nine month period in 1989 and 1990 during which she had a lesbian relationship with a woman named Selby, and during which she also began murdering her clientele.

The process that transformed the glamorous Charlize Theron into the haggard, homely Wuornos is nothing short of amazing. The majority of the credit belongs to Theron - not only for her willingness to play "ugly," but for the uncompromising approach she employs to become the character.
Theron reportedly gained 30 pounds and let her well-toned body sag in some very unflattering areas for this film. She accurately portrays the attitude and aspect of a white trash prostitute.


Monster avoids the easy approach of portraying Wuornosas a one-dimensional psychopath. This isn't a slasher movie by any stretch of the imagination. Instead -- without diminishing the horror of her actions -- the film humanizes Wuornos, developing a three-dimensional character where one might not normally expect to find one.
Only a hard life life could produce the person that Wournos eventually becomes, and seeing her become a "monster is both unsettling and intriguing .
This movie will haunt you long after you're finished watching.