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Charlize Theron’s Top 10 Performances

on July 25, 2017, 2:00pm
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02. Aileen Wuornos

Monster (2003)

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At the time of its release, the majority of the buzz around Theron’s Oscar-winning performance as the serial killer Aileen Wuornos grossly focused on the film industry’s collective awe that such a lovely actress could dress down like this! It’s a crass oversimplification of the transformation Theron goes in the role, and what Patty Jenkins’ unsettling drama accomplishes in both humanizing and interrogating the psyche of a murderer. The film explores the duality of a prostitute who was treated savagely by her world, but crucially, never condones her eventual descent into the entrapment and slaughter of several different johns. Theron’s work as Wuornos is nothing short of propulsive, closely examining the ways in which abuse turns cyclical, and how the hideous things people do to one another breeds more hideousness over time. There’s not a moment in the film that rings false in Theron’s hands, and even now, Monster stands as one of the great biopics of the post-2000 era, in large part because of her harrowing, unforgettable work. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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