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Charlize Theron gives a wide-eyed, twitchy, unflattering performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003). The performance screams Oscar-worthy and she was dutifully given the Best Actress Academy Award. Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, who was a street prostitute who killed seven of her male clients back in 1989 and was then sentenced to death in 2002. This film casts Wuornos mostly as a tragic hero and a victim of her circumstance, which is a tough pill to swallow for any serial killer. Theron gives an empathetic performance, but Christina Ricci isn't well cast in the role of Wuornos's lover. First-time director Patty Jenkins shifts between gritty realism and stylized indie film cliches, including some unfortunate voiceover and music drops such as Journey's overplayed "Don't Stop Believin'". The score by electronic composer BT is also misplaced. It's a decent indie film that doesn't hold up as well as the praise that was showered upon it in 2003.
Monster is a 2003 biographical crime film written and directed by Patty Jenkins. The film stars Charlize Theron in an Academy Award-winning performance as Aileen Wuornos, a real-life prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for murdering seven of her male clients during the late 1980s. Christina Ricci plays her young girlfriend, Selby. The film focuses on Wuornos' transformation from a beaten-down woman struggling to survive through sex work into a hardened, notorious serial killer. Theron's transformative performance was widely acclaimed and helped to bring the film to prominence.
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