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Monster [Feb. 29th, 2004|03:07 pm]
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Yesterday I had time to squeeze in one more movie before the Oscar awards ceremony, so I decided to check out Charlize Theron's nominated performace in Monster.


This reminded me a lot of Boys Don't Cry, for which Hilary Swank was nominated for and won an Oscar in 2000. It's gritty and gripping. It's frightening to think that things like this actually happen. And it all actually happened. Lee Wuornos is called the first female serial killer, and she was put to death by lethal injection in 2002.

Charlize Theron was incredible. I've never been very impressed with her or her acting, and I had my doubts. I mean we're used to seeing her looking like a gorgeous blonde Barbie doll, not a desperate hooker and misandronistic serial killer. But you forget it's the glamour girl about five minutes into the picture. The fact that they changed the colour of her eyes is just the most subtle, yet impressive, part of the whole cosmetic transformation.

Virtually ignored in all the Oscar hype, Christina Ricci is also brilliant in this as the girlfriend (but then, who remembers Chlöe Sevigny in Boys?) who inspires Lee's killing spree. She's vulnerable and demanding all at once, and she is as vital a part of this film as Theron is.

While not perfect (and, like 21 Grams, not truly deserving of a Best Picture nomination), this is a movie film, and one that, once seen, won't be quickly forgotten.

(This is movie number 16 in 2004. As of February 28, 2003, I had seen 15 films. If only I'd been able to see one today...)

From: captainhaddock
2004-02-29 08:37 pm (UTC)
Interesting fact about Charlize Theron is that she watched her mother kill her abusive father (or possibly step-father?) out of self-defense at a very young age.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-02-29 08:47 pm (UTC)
Wow! Really? That's amazing.

That actually explains a lot...I can see where she got some of that passion from that shows in this film...
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From: drewberry4
2004-02-29 08:42 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome. I really need to see it. I had no idea Christina Ricci was in it, either. I love her, I think she's such a great actress.

*makes note to see Monster soon*
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-02-29 08:45 pm (UTC)
I think you'd really like her in this, too...in some ways, her character reminded me of you...
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From: drewberry4
2004-02-29 10:16 pm (UTC)
Hahahah based on your review, I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-03-01 02:18 pm (UTC)
Hehehe...well you don't look like Elijah Wood, if that's what you mean...

No, in her character there was a vulnerability and a strength of will that just...reminded me of you somehow. It's hard to explain...
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