Review: Monster

Usually, a “based on a true story” movie should be taken with a pinch of salt. But this time, with writer/director Patty Jenkins spending years of research, and a few more years of correspondence with the woman in question, once can trust that what is shown is pretty much close to the truth. The result is the gritty reality, right in your face.
Directed in an explanatory fashion, you gain some understanding, and along some sympathy, while not losing sight of the bigger picture. It’s not all black and white.
Conveying the feelings, emotions and intentions across the screen are Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. Both play their roles so convincingly, your heart sinks in while the tragedy plays out on screen. (With Charlize almost unrecognizable, with 30 pounds gained for this role)
I wouldn’t recommend this movie to anyone wanting to have an entertaining night out with friends, because you will come out with a long face, that’s for sure. But as a “stick to the truth, what’s behind the killer” experience, this can’t get any more real.7½.