MON­STER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.30PM, FOX­TEL THRILLER ★★ Make no mis­take, Char­l­ize Theron de­served the Best Ac­tress Os­car for her work in Mon­ster. This con­vinc­ing de­pic­tion of no­to­ri­ous se­rial killer Aileen Wuornos is an as­ton­ish­ing feat of both phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion. Thanks to Theron’s sub­tly sym­pa­thetic read­ing of Wuornos, we not only fear her char­ac­ter but fear for her as well. Ig­nor­ing the con­tra­dic­tory na­ture of Wuornos’ tragic tale prob­a­bly made sense from a dra­matic point of view, but a les­bian love story drummed up in its place is an un­sat­is­fy­ing sub­sti­tute. This is not to say

Mon­ster is a bad film, but the lack of any per­cep­ti­ble in­sight into what com­pelled Wuornos to go on a killing ram­page is im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore. As a re­sult, the ran­dom mur­ders – the defin­ing moments of Wuornos’ life – come across as lurid twists of fate.

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