Even though there are plenty of biographies that are acclaimed and created with passion and enthusiasm, very few of them depicts the accurate mirror on screen and not spend the time on justifying the events or the characters revolving around it and this is where it stands alone, which is in its smarter approach and newer perspective. The adaptation is witty, to-the-point and effective as it is free from the boundaries that usually restraints the track. Petty Jenkins; the writer-director, executes her anticipated vision which is brighter and sometimes funnier too contradict to its premise. Charlize Theron is the heart of the feature that keeps it pumping faster and harder than ever and is supported decently by Christina Ricci. It is short on technical aspects like sound department and camera work; it could have been shot more wisely and subtly, but is edited perfectly. The only crisis in it is the chemistry among the lead characters; despite of stellar performances, comes off a bit shallow. The Monster is the inner voice of an enraging beauty and the seductive beasts that neither befalls on a definite lap nor keeps the raised questions hanging in the air.
Selby leaves her family and decides to go on the road with Aileen. The two struggle to survive especially because Aileen wants to quit hooking and have a normal job. With no job skills, she feels forced to go back to hooking and kills several johns in the process for their money. Selby is mostly oblivious to the fact, until Aileen confesses. It is not long before the two become suspects and Aileen feels he must send Selby away to protect her. Selby soon gets chased down and has no choice but to testify.
Monster is a pretty serious drama that is solely fueled by an incredible performance by Theron. She won the Oscar and its completely warranted. In addition to making herself look borderline hideous, she puts on an incredible performance that ranges from fury, to love, compassion and sadness. Despite her going and killing mostly innocent men and is pretty much a Monster, you still feel a sense of compassion and sorrow for her as she has never been given a chance at a real life. Ricci does a fine job supporting, but Theron clearly steals the show and makes the picture. There is not much to like about this film as it is quite a melodrama that features an ongoing saga of unrequited love, murder and despair, but Theron makes you keep watching. The film is loosely based off a real story which gives it a bit more edge and reality to its context, but regardless Monster is worth watching for Theron alone.