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The unflinching realism and searing performances ofMonster's Ball are stunning in all the connotations of the word. Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Leticia (Halle Berry) inhabit stark, queasy realities of the contemporary South, he as a death row corrections officer and she as the soon-to-be widow of an inmate (Sean Combs) whose execution Hank helps conduct. In the aftermath of the execution, both lose their children to tragic deaths and they form an unlikely bond. In the hands of lesser participants, the fateful plot might strain credibility and seem tailored to allow for liberal sermonizing about the obvious wrongs of our legal justice system, but director Marc Forster and cinematographer Roberto Schaefer balance the contentious nature of the film's issues--the death penalty, racism both overt and subtle, interracial couples--with a flawless attention to character and visual detail that completely convinces. The moral ambiguity of both central characters is given full voice as our sympathy is drawn out reluctantly at first but all the more resolutely in the end. Thornton draws from seemingly limitless resources to deliver yet another outstanding performance, but it is Halle Berry who is a revelation as she sustains throughout the complex tenor of brutality witnessed and raw courage defined.--Fionn Meade
Halle SEDUCES Billy Bob!! The problem with having box-office stars (in this case Halle Berry) as leading characters is that often they are miscast or simply don't do justice to the role. Halle Berry should not have been in this movie, simply because we know her tooo well as the beautiful, half-white, Halle. We, the viewers, cannot get past that she is Halle, and her acting is not as profound to convince us otherwise. Sorry.
Billy Bob, however is excellent in which ever role he stars in. He is a gifted, although he deserves roles that can truly bring out his depiction of memorable characters; this role was simple.
Don't even ask WHY she won an academy award. Was it for that overexaggerated nude sex scene where she practically rapes Billy Bob??? Or maybe it was her OTHER scene where she attacks her obese son.
What was excellent in this movie was the soundscore! The music was eerie, and appropo to the scenes. In the DVD is an explanation of how instruments were used.
Also on the DVD is "Deleted Scenes." Why do DVD producers put in deleted scenes??? They confuse the issue.
And the best part about a DVD collection is commentary! This is always important, to have good commentary!
Simple plot: a black woman falls in love with a racist ex-prison guard who participated in her husband's deathrow execution. Peter Boyle whose most recent fame is "Everybody Loves Raymond" plays his also racist ex-prison guard aging father. Simple. Nothing else happens! That's it!.......MzRizz
I know what it tried to say This movie wanted to be so more than what it actually was. I love dramatic cinema but this movie was garbage.I didn't buy Halle in this movie and can't see what the she got the oscar for. The "love" seen was way over done and added nothing to the movie. I think that Halle Berry was way to pretty to play this part. I have a hard time understanding how a woman that looks like that would have no options except grungy old Billy Bob. Its just not going to happen that way. This movie wanted to be a statment that love can overcome anything including racism but the message I get from the movie is that racism can be put on hold as long as you get to hit the sheets with a woman that could possibly pose for playboy. Sorry but thats bullsh-tDo you think? Monster's Ball is a pretty realistic slice of a couple of pretty depressing lives, yet it ends with a similarly realistic note of optimism.
Billy Bob Thornton plays Hank, a supervisor on death row at the local pen. Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) plays Lawrence Musgrove, an admitted "bad man" on that death row. Hank has a son, played by Heath Ledger, who also works at the prison, and Hank's father, played by Peter Boyle, retired from the same place. Dad is now old and decrepit, and is a poisonous racist. Lawrence's wife, Leticia, is trying to make ends meet as a waitress while supporting their son, Tyrell.
The first act ends with Lawrence's execution, and we see in that scene that Hank is deadly serious about professionalism on death row.
Hank goes often to the diner where Leticia works, and they gradually strike up a casual relationship.
Without giving away spoilers, disasters happen in both of their families, and they are drawn to one another in their respective grief. This causes no small amount of conflict. Leticia is black. Hank's father is an extreme racist. Hank doesn't know that Leticia is P. Diddy's widow. Leticia doesn't know that Hank supervised her husband's execution.
It's inevitable that Leticia discovers that Hank was involved in the execution. In a different movie that might have led to a final act full of histrionics and ending in some hokey reconcilement. In "Monster's Ball" this discovery is realistic and low-key. For several moments there is no dialogue, and the scene ends with shared ice cream rather than screaming.
Hank and Leticia both begin this movie with emotional baggage, and during the course of the movie, more baggage is added to both of them. Yet at the end I felt justified hoping that things were headed in the right direction for both of them.
I see several reviews for "Monster's Ball" complaining about how boring and bad it is. Several of these enlightened reviewers go on to say that Halle Berry's nudity is the only reason to watch it at all. Curious that I can't find many negative reviews without misspelled words. On the first page alone I see the following "difficult" words misspelled or improperly used: "write", "roll", "would", "makes".
My point is that I see "criticism" divided pretty evenly - those who have difficulty expressing themselves in written English don't like the movie, while those without said difficulty do. So - the question for you, the potential viewer, is "do you think?"