Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve full of joy, drinks, and fireworks. For movie fanatics, a new year means a bunch of new movies and I’m so excited to watch them and share my experience with you.
Yesterday, before going to the New Year’s Eve party, I was on YouTube watching crime videos and I stumbled upon THIS sh*t featuring Aileen Wuornos – I think those facial expressions are gonna haunt me forever. As I was watching the video I remembered that Charlize Theron won an Oscar for portraying this serial killer psycho woman but I had never seen the movie, so I decided to watch Monster for the first time and now I really understand why Charlize got that Oscar back in 2003. WHAT. A. PERFORMANCE.
Monster is a real life story about one of America’s first female serial killers Aileen Wuornos who had a horrible childhood. She was raised by her grandparents while being repeatedly raped by her grandfather, and she got pregnant at a very young age but had to give the baby for adoption. Later she started doing drugs and, eventually, her grandparents threw her out and Aileen left native Michigan and moved to Florida where she started working as a prostitute, satisfying perverted needs of truck drivers and gross married men (I say gross because men who cheat are just that). However, Monster only focuses on the period between 1989 and 1990 where Aileen meets a woman called Selby with whom she falls in love, but at the same time she starts murdering her clients. She kills her first victim after he brutally rapes her with a stick and he starts torturing her – if she hadn’t killed him, she would have been dead herself (I’m not even sure that happened in real life, but in the movie it’s brutal). After this experience, Aileen decides to stop having sex, so she kills her clients and takes their money and their cars. And, since this story is very well-known, I don’t think I’m spoiling anything, so I might as well reveal that she gets arrested and executed.
Monster is a very intense and depressing movie at the same time because it portrays the reality of many people. As Selby’s mother also says in the movie, many people have hard childhoods but they don’t end up as prostitutes – but I honestly think that the real monsters in this whole story are the people who abused Aileen and thereby destroyed her life. But who am I to judge and have an opinion on that matter? I’m here to talk about the movie… I personally liked it because I love dark and intense movies since they impress me much more than chick flicks and rom-coms where everything is oh-so-perfect at the end. Monster is a sad movie that makes you lose faith in humanity – not because Aileen murdered seven men in cold blood but because there are people who are partly responsible for creating this messed up person. That’s exactly why Monster leaves your soul so cold to the core – especially in the very last scene where Aileen turns around and looks back.
Charlize Theron kicked some serious ass in this role. You have a hard time believing that this woman is actually one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood (at least in my opinion!) and, throughout the movie, you forget this that this person is actually Charlize – it’s just Aileen Wuornos. And I have a huge amount of respect for actors who are willing to tranform so much for a role as it shows dedication and professionalism. Literally everything Charlize Theron did in Monster was on point and Oscar-worthy! Aileen Wuornos didn’t receive any sympathy from the public given her interviews and videos such as the one I mentioned in the beginning, but Charlize speaks for her in this movie and shows the public how tormented Aileen was throughout her entire life. As for Christina Ricci as Selby, she was alright but her character was not as exciting as Charlize’s so it’s unfair to compare these two.
Monster did not disappoint me, as I was expecting to see a brutal and depressing movie. However, I would’ve liked to learn more about Aileen’s background and how she ended up becoming a prostitute. It’s a good movie but not a movie that I’d voluntarily watch again. All in all, I’ll give it 4 out of 5 clapperboards because it’s very effective, harsh, straightforward and includes some world class acting.