Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern
Directed/written by: Patty Jenkins
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with Patty Jenkins and BT- Their passion is contagious
Monster, the stunning transformation by Charlize Theron
is truly the definition of a "brave performance."
has stripped away her mask of beauty for her craft and delivers
a bit of her soul in the bravest woman's role in years.
no prettying up for anyone involved and each scene is positively
more intense than the last as the real-life tale of the first
documented serial killer in American history, Aileen Wournos,
plays out in director-writer Patty Jenkins's wildly candid and
Life's least favorite daughter, down and out hooker
Aileen Wournos, is about to give in to all her painful unending
daily drama and just blow her brains out - but she figures she
just blew a guy for five bucks - she was going to spend it before
saunters into a local Florida bar and almost immediately is approached
by a gal interested in more than a better look at her baseball
cap's logo - if you know what I mean
and I think that you
girl, Selby (Christina Ricci), befriends Aileen.
warm friendship blossoms between the bosom between them. Selby
would like it to be a tad more than just friends. Aileen, who
was not a lesbian, figures people is people and sex is sex. She
starts to feel for Selby and decides what's the difference if
it's a woman; she really just needs to love and be loved - by
newfound love gives her the courage to recoup her life - or at
least try to. She's setting herself straight; she'll stop tricking
and follow the "normal" path - maybe sans a picket fence.
But Aileen quickly learns sometimes things in life are just not
fair. She has no job history (legal job history) and is lacking
in the social graces one needs to acquire even the menial of jobs.
Frustrated and angered she reluctantly returns to tricking. She
has a girlfriend to care for now and they need a place to stay.
next trick takes her out to the nowhere area of your mind's darkest
corner. He rapes and brutalizes her. Aileen manages to get loose
and shoots him dead. This is her first victim.
kill triggers something raging within her and Aileen will kill
seven men before she is caught and ultimately executed. All but
one were her "tricks."
film is remarkable. It unravels the sordid tale brutally and honestly
and doesn't pretty up life's warts. The screen is shared by Christina
and Charlize most of the time and the dynamics are so energized
you feel as if you were pulled into the frames. It's hard to find
a script where women rule - without the usual tea side chats and
giggle-fests as they discuss girly deeds male writers believe
women discuss ('Sex In The City' aside).Patty Jenkins' Monster
is rare, strong, and hard work - emotionally and physically -
and both actors grab the bullshit by the cahonas and ride Jenkins'
vision into the pages of cinematic history.
Charlize chickbabe has proven once and for all her beauty is only
the tip of the leggy iceberg. She positively shed any hint of
runway dazzle and sports the flannels, the strolling gate, the
toughness and late eighties hairdo her real-life character sported
like an armor, while simultaneously handing in a multi-layered
Rolla coaster performance. A toast.
Ricci also seems to disappear into her role as Wournos' lover,
Selby. She's at once a manipulating accomplice and an innocent
bystander oblivious to what actually pays her drink tab
I don't mean her gal's prostitution. Ya know Christina's a bit
creepy anyway, so here she could terrify you. She alsokindalike
reminds me of a talented, legitimate, version of a Wynona Ryder
Speaking? The story is truthful, the actors spectacular,
and the direction exact. Patty Jenkins has just kicked opened
the door to (hopefully) a helluva career and Theron just proved
her talent goes under the skin. The two will be accepting many
awards next year...
recommendation: Whiskey shots and a pack of Basic brand 100's