In the 2003 film Monster, written and directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the real events experienced by Aileen Wuornos, the film depicts the cruel reality facing Wuornos, known in the movie as Lee, played by Charlize Theron. Based on a fundamental misconception of reality and a lack of structural support as a child, Lee grows up embracing a false illusion of stardom, which leads her down a path of rejection and distress and influences her to use her body as a means to survive. Prostitution provided Lee with the means to get by, but hardly to survive, directly impacting her outlook on society and her role, which was largely dictated by its cruelty. Although it appears that Lee has trapped herself within the confines of a destructive lifestyle, questioning her own existence, Lee is introduced to an innocent young woman named Selby, played by Christina Ricci, and the value of her life transforms. Lee and Selby unexpectedly connect, and their interest in each other quickly blossoms into a dedicated romance, each relying on the other to sustain their lifestyles and wellbeing. The value of Selby’s role in Lee’s life becomes progressively apparent and causes Lee to reevaluate her morals, which inevitably leads her into the questionable position of a serial killer, motivated to sustain her relationship with Selby by any means necessary. The film Monster is a commanding and tragic recount of romance and the brutality of prostitution and male abuse, exemplified through Lee and her commitment to Selby. The emotional sentiments acknowledged by the viewer likely range extensively, beginning with remorse towards Lee’s circumstances, growing into confusion and concern towards her aggression and murderous behavior. Conclusively, the viewer recognizes the passion and commitment that Selby represents, which Lee clings to despite her acts of terror. The acting by Charlize Theron is phenomenal, and I believe her role in the film captures the genuine context and severity of Aileen Wuornos’s life. Although the authenticity of this film may be viewed as disturbing, Jenkins’s portrayal of Monster is unquestionably translates into a film worth viewing for its educational context. Monster is not a movie I would recommend for entertainment, but it is a film worth viewing to help broaden one’s perspective on an individual hardship and the consequences of prostitution and poverty.
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This movie was a perfect example of how molestation to a little girl can affect her in ways that she cannot even understand. My prayers to this Victim who was given death as a result of her trying to live life when she was never given a chance to begin with !! And after all the horrific matters she endured by the hands of men who sometimes see women as an object to use and throw out when done, she still had hope in love. Only, she picked a loser rat. 5 stars.... U must c this!!!