Monster's Ball (2002)
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Critic Reviews for Monster's Ball
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.
Audience Reviews for Monster's Ball
Not for everyone, this work requires thought and involvement, leaving those desirous of spoon-feeding disappointed. Excellent performances highlight this serious film that questions our propensity to simplify, to label things, situations, and especially people (including ourselves) in order to 'quickly understand' problems. Eye-opening and unforgettable.
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.
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.|