Monster's Ball (2002)
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It's not a polemic on the death penalty, race relations or family dynamics. It's a character study that really sticks with you.
A serious movie made by seriously talented people, and I never quite came 'round to it.
A textbook example of fearless filmmaking, exhibiting a brand of gritty realism that's hard to watch but impossible to ignore.
[Forster] tells his story with directness and simplicity and without the high hallmarks of the soaps' gooey emotional lubrication.
A powerful and poignant motion picture not about racism and redemption, as one might initially suppose, but about one of the most urgent and universal of human needs -- that of finding solace for pain and loneliness.
Though the film can initially seem off-putting, Monster's Ball slowly and quietly gets under your skin.
Audience Reviews for Monster's Ball
This serious character study nor the performances managed to keep me engaged. Found it utterly boring & frustratingly slow. Not sure if I'll ever grow up enough to be able to appreciate such works if at all they deserve it.
Halle Berry's Oscar win for this one was well-deserved and more. The film itself is heart-wrenching for me. It is through loss and grieve that these two main characters find each other. Both of them are so beautifully tragic and so brilliantly interpreted by these two great actors. Quite somber but a must-see.
A film this emotional, and working in every way, is extremely hard to come by these days, because filmmakers usually do not pay close enough attention to the little details in creation a true human drama. Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry give the performances of their careers and the supporting cast of Heath Ledger and Sean Combs really holds up as well. Everyone brings their A-Game to this picture and it really does show. As an ex-cop falls for the wife of one of his death row inmates, death comes around every corner and the film becomes very hard to watch, with not many happy moments, if any. It is perfectly editing, the direction is immaculate, the script is far more than suitable for this particular subject, and the score of the film fits better than anything I have seen in a long time. "Monsters Ball" is easily one of my favourite films.
Monster's Ball Quotes
|Hank Grotowski:||I quit!|
|Hank Grotowski:||"I think we're going to be alright."|
|Hank Grotowski:||I think we're going to be alright.|
|Sonny Grotowski:||You hate me. Answer me! You hate me don't you?!|
|Hank Grotowski:||Yes, I hate you. I always did.|
|Sonny Grotowski:||Well I always loved you. [shoots himself]|
|Lawrence Musgrove:||I've always believed that a portrait captures a person far better than a photograph. It truly takes a human being to really see a human being.|
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