Breakthrough of director Marc Forster, who directed "Finding Neverland" three years after he did this "Monster's Ball". I'm not going to tell much about the story here, because the people who saw the movie, know the story and the others will find out when they see this movie. Because "Monster's Ball" is certainly worth your time. Don't expect to get a typical Hollywood-drama about racism, family values and romance, because you might be disappointed afterwards. Expect something to think about, to feel with the characters. Prepare to be moved, because you will. The story is compelling and heartbreaking, it's moving and chocking.
Something more about the performance. I'll be honest. I'm not Billy Bob Thornton's biggest fan. I like him, but I don't see him as an impressive actor. That's why I think he didn't deserve his Academy Award Nomination for "Sling Blade" either. But in "Monster's Ball" he was amazing! An intense and sober, but yet very powerful performance. Personally, I think he was the star of the movie. Halle Berry was great as well, but it's hard to believe that this was the best female performance of 2001. Anyway, it doesn't matter. They were both great, although Thornton's performance was highly underrated.
I really look forward to see more of Forster's movies, especially "Finding Neverland". It think his new movie will be great too. I think "Finding Neverland" will be a more conventional Hollywood-drama, but that doens't matter. It will be great anyway. "Monster's Ball" is a compelling and intense drama, which combines several difficult subjects. 8,5/10
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