Monster's Ball (2001)
Monster's Ball (2001) Genre(s): Drama

Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, Sean Combs, Coronji Calhoun

Synopsis: A lonely black woman and a racist white man find themselves drawn together through a series of tragedies.

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Ripley's movie review

Good movie. The main characters were seriously flawed and not all that likeable but they were interesting. Outstanding performances all around but especially by Berry. She deserved the Oscar. The only complaint I had was the camera work. At times, it was distracting, almost irritating.

It was powerful and intense but, at the same time, quiet and simple. And the ending surprised me but not in the usual way that endings surprise me. Yeah, I know. None of that makes any sense but it's a hard movie to review without any spoilers. You'll have to watch it to see what I mean.

Oh, and the sex scene was jaw-dropping.


Added 15 December 2002 at 6:03 AM
Newt's movie review

Two words: sex scene. Whoa.

A great score and amazing acting make this movie. The story is pretty good and it provides a couple of really unexpected twists (like the ending) but it's plodding Thornton and versatile Berry that give it credence.

Added 17 November 2003 at 8:20 PM

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