DATE RELEASED: December 17, 2003
DATE WATCHED: November 26, 2011
WHY NOW? My sister wanted to. So, seeing as Charlize Theron won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG award for her performance in it, I said sure. Plus, it seems like she’s got a big year ahead with Young Adult out this Friday, and Snow White & the Huntsman and Prometheus on the way.
WHY NOT THEN? I remember all the talk about her make-up “transformation,” from the glamourous red carpet gal to a homeless prostitute (much like they talked about Nicole Kidman’s nose in The Hours, which I also haven’t seen). But as a young teen, a drama about a hooker-turned-serial killer was just too much drama for me. I was watching X2 and Dreamcatcher and Kill Bill instead. (I also missed another brilliant drama, Cold Mountain, that year too.)
- Charlize as the best I’ve ever seen her. (Mind you, I haven’t seen her in much. But I have seen The Cider House Rules.)
- Slow drama that builds into intense moments, but for the most part, crawls along.
- A disturbing, true story.
- Not much else. After all, it took eight years to convince me to see it.
- Charlize as the best I’ve ever seen her. Actually, the best female lead performance I’ve maybe ever seen. It was disturbing and discomforting, and it was just perfect.
- Christina Ricci at the one of the best I’ve ever seen her, though truthfully I haven’t seen her in enough.
- A disturbing, only somewhat-true story. “Based on a true story” is really just a marketing ploy. As far as facts go, it’s about a prostitute who becomes a murderer. Otherwise, her back story is different, her love story is different and how it all plays out is different. Perhaps “based on a true character” is a better way of putting it. After you’ve seen this film, check out some videos of the real Aileen Wuornos. Charlize her down pat.
- A slowly crawling drama that is not at all boring. It’s impossible to turn away as you watch Charlize’s character spiral into insanity. It’s a psycho-social case study gone way wrong.