Why do some film companies have screenings
for films after the movie has been out for a while? Are they
afraid of bad press early on, or do they just want to generate more buzz
about a film after it's been out for a while? Monster is a
film that's been out for nearly a month, at least in some places, but
maybe not everywhere. It's hard to tell. The sneaky theater
folks don't make it clear.
Anyway, perhaps you've heard of Monster.
It features Charlize Theron in the role that is almost assuredly going
to bring home the Oscar(tm) bacon for Best Actress. In fact, the
Masked Reviewer even heard another reviewer say that her performance in
Monster was the best acting that anyone has ever done ever.
Wowie. That's some goooood actin'.
Charlize Theron certainly fits the bill for winning an Oscar(tm).
She's a very beautiful woman who makes herself unattractive for the
role. Look at Nicole Kidman in
The Hours. She wore a fake nose. Well, not only did
Charlize Theron not wear makeup, but she also had in big ugly
fake teeth and she must have put on 30 pounds. We know this
because they show her in her underwear, lest you think that she just had
on padding. Padding won't win you an Academy Award(tm)! Look
at Brando. No padding there. That's all 100% pure Marlon,
The film is the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Don't
ask the Masked Reviewer how to pronounce that last name, because they
wisely never use it in the movie. The story more-or-less follows
the real life carnage of Aileen.
Christina Ricci (The
Addams Family and, of course,
The Addams Family Values) co-stars as Selby, the lesbian love
interest of Aileen. Hold the phone! Did the Masked Reviwer
just say lesbian love interest? How could this not be good?
There are a lot of images in the film that some people will find
disturbing (while, undoubtedly, others will also find to be hot).
There's girl-on-girl kissing. There's brutal rape. There's
murder. There's Christina Ricci acting. Just kidding!
The problem with the movie is that while Charlize Theron does an
interesting impression of Aileen Wuornos, the film doesn't dig very
deeply into why she does what she does. Is she crazy? Is she
abused? Does she like to kill? Does she kill for love?
The film touches on a lot of these, but doesn't give the viewer a clear
idea of why she does what she does. The character traits are all
there (she put on weight and wears bad teeth!) but the motivation isn't
clearly explained. This is only a problem because Charlize Theron
is really the entire focus of the film. Christina Ricci's
character doesn't wind up being crucial to the story, though she does
bring depth to her character (innocent yet selfish).
If you like movies about serial killers, you might enjoy
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer more. Or
Maniac is a good choice. Monster is fine, but it
misses the most interesting aspect of a serial killer: why they do what
they do. On the other hand, there is brief nudity, so it's not all
Presumably, they chose the name because it is similar to
Monster's Ball, for which Halle Berry won an Oscar(tm).
While Halle Berry didn't make herself physically ugly, she did get naked
and she did play a woman who wasn't very smart, so Charlize Theron
should be a shoe-in. Also, Charlize Theron uses the "f-word" a
fucking lot, which shows that it's a serious movie.
Expectation from the Title: A documentary about the life and
times of Grover. His close friends Harry, Cookie, and Oscar are
all interviewed in a film that shows the other side of the star as he
battles a lifetime of painkiller addiction and an inappropriate fondness
for young boys.
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):
Charlize Theron looks good with a few extra pounds. She didn't eat
enough before. So frail.
The Pros: Nudity, girl-on-girl action, and fake billy-bob
teeth. Kind of interesting.
The Cons: Didn't get into the mind of the killer; a good
impersonation, but not very deep. Some people will be put off by
graphic depictions of graphic violence.