It is haunting, and it is disturbing, and it is brilliant.
However, I don't know how I feel about it. I mean, I don't know if I'm glad that I saw it. If it doesn't receive serious accolades and awards, it will be a great injustice. But it is not the feel-good hit of the year.
Monster is an independent film starring an utterly unrecognizable Charlize Theron, also Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern. It's based on the true story of Aileen Carol Wuornos, a serial killer executed in Florida in 2002.
Wuornos was a prostitute with a hellish childhood and family life. Between 1989 and 1990, she killed seven middle-aged men who picked her up for sex or because she was hitchhiking. The details of her crimes are sketchy, at best, but she claimed to be beaten and/or raped by one or more of the men she killed.
The depiction of her rape in the film is done about as quickly and tastefully as such a thing can be portrayed, but it is still nauseating and repugnant. They did the best they could, but ... you want to kill the guy yourself, as naturally you would, I guess.
This movie will make you think, and it will make you care. It made me wonder, just a bit, about my views on the death penalty. It compelled me to come home and look into the real case and the real woman. Then that just made me think and wonder even more.
Now I'm pondering sanity and insanity, nature versus nurture, and mitigating circumstances. I don't like to think about the law, but I can't help it.
I'm also pondering how Charlize Theron became Aileen Wuornos. Compare the mugshots to the publicity stills for the movie. It's uncanny. Beyond appearance, the physicality, the gait, the demeanor are all so believable. You will not see Theron in this film; you'll see Wuornos.
I don't know what else to say, but I'm going to put a couple of links in here, just in case anyone's curious. Here's a link to the movie, and here's the most comprehensive link I could find to the real story.
Enjoy ... or something.