I saw the movie Monster a month or two ago and meant to write something about it, but it slipped my mind. While reading Sheila Buttz who referred me to an entry of Bidinotto’s about how Hollywood donates its political cash, I was reminded of the movie Monster for which Charlize Theron won an Academy Award.
Monster is the movie based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer from Florida who was executed in 1992 for killing seven men. Before I saw the movie I read nothing but glowing reviews of Theron’s performance in portraying a woman who the media dubbed as “America’s first woman serial killer”. The movie is an Independent Film which got it further attention because it was so well done but wasn’t backed by any major movie studio from the outset.
There is a great deal about Monster that deserves to be praised: from the actors to the direction to the writing to the cinematography and more. The movie does draw you in because all of those dynamics work together to put you close to Aileen Wuonos and tell you her story. It is not family entertainment; it is not a happy movie. As a matter of fact, it’s emotionally draining – or at least it was for me – because of its intensity in its portrayal of Aileen Wuornos. And by the end of it, in spite of what I saw the character of Wuornos do in the movie, I felt sympathy for her.
What made me think of the movie Monster now was Bidinotto’s mention of the CBS produced, Showtime aired movie The Reagans that caused such an uproar. So much of an uproar, in fact, that CBS pulled it from their schedule and moved it to Showtime. They wouldn’t can it altogether; they just made it a little more difficult to see. But see it I did, and it was repugnant. I knew enough about the Reagans before I saw the movie so that I could tell the difference between fact, fiction, and outright blatant lies. No one who helped to create that movie went into it for a second with the idea of telling The Reagans story honestly, whether it be from the White House angle or the well touted romance angle. It was a smear from the outset. That was obvious to anyone who cared to notice.
I didn’t know nearly as much about Aileen Wuonos before I saw Monster. I naively believed from what I’d read and heard about the movie that it was about her life; the essence of what she did that caused all the ruckus. After all, she was America’s first female serial killer. Except that she wasn’t. The very first premise upon which this movie is based is also a lie.
One of the most interesting parts of the movie to me was when I discovered what the reference “Monster” really means. I thought I knew — it was Arlene Wuonos. Not exactly. As stupid and silly and overly dramatic as I know this sounds, I understood a whole lot better what this movie was about when I saw the “Monster” of the movie. I’d experienced that “Monster” for myself, and I thought, quite seriously, that I was going to die. Usually I can laugh at the ridiculous positions into which I’ve put myself and shrug it off as a lesson not to do that again. But this was different. I remember exactly how that felt all these years later, and I still can’t laugh it off.
So, by the time the movie ended, in spite of all Aileen Wuornos had done, there was this sense of sympathy for her. And a heavy sadness that a human being should fall through the cracks to such an extent as to end up with a life like that woman led.
After seeing the movie, I had questions about Aileen Wuonos and others depicted in the movie. I knew what happened to her, but what happened to the others, particularly her companion? So I did some reading up on Aileen Wuonos. And as silly as I know THIS sounds, I felt used.
While the movie Monster does admit to being “based on” the life of Aileen Wuornos, does anyone really watch one of those types movies not believing what they’re seeing while they’re seeing it? I mean, if you’re not familiar with the subject, you tend to just go with the flow not really being able to separate fact from fiction and not taking the time to try to sort it all out. As a result, you’re sucked into the mood and the story being presented to you. It didn’t work for me during the airing of The Reagans because I knew about the Reagans before CBS took hold of their story and trashed them, but I knew far less about Aileen Wuornos, so I was believing Monster as it was being revealed to me.
Here’s the part where I have a huge problem with the Hollywood Lefties. When I read up on Aileen Wuornos, I discovered that the movie has altered a great many details of her life merely to suit the story line. This isn’t the story of Aileen Wuonos nearly so much as it is the pathetic portrayal of a life gone to hell. And not to say that Aileen Wuornos’ life wasn’t a life in hell, because in many ways it was. It just wasn’t the way movie makers made it out it be. Aileen Wuonos killed 7 men. She was a highway prostitute who put herself into every single solitary one of the positions that ended up in the murder of someone she was with. In other words, no matter what happened to her in her life, when it came to those murders, she was no one’s victim. So why portray her that way? Why change so many of the details of her life to make her far worse off than she was? Why lie in the first place by telling me this is the story of her life when, in fact, it is so loosely based on her life as to be nothing more than her name attached to the character Charlize Theron portrayed?
The Hollywood Lefties don’t represent movies like Monster as documentaries, so they are easily let off the hook when their work is challenged as bogus. These absurd “docudramas” are supposed to give whatever creative license the Lefties want to an agenda that goes beyond a simple story line. What they do, in fact, is pad as much creative lying into the product as it will stand and then force feed it to audiences as “based on” story telling.
My understanding of the movie Monster was that I would find out something I didn’t know about Aileen Wuornos, a rather notorious character in the annals of crime. Instead, the movie was a venue to show me what a talented actress Charlize Theron is. That could have been accomplished without dragging Aileen Wuonos into it at all. And further, it should have been accomplished without making her a sympathetic character at the expense of the 7 men she murdered.
So, if you want to see a well done movie, by all means watch Monster. If you want to know about Aileen Wuornos, look at anything BUT this movie because it’s garbage.Powered by Sidelines