Like Sandra Bullock, Charlize Theron has been quite successful on Netflix with her various projects faring well. Recently, after their success with The Old Guard, Netflix is keen to extend this collaborative relationship with the actress and rope her in for various other productions.
Recently, one such film of Theron’s, nearly two decades old, has performed well on the streamer, dominating the most-watched film charts.
With a whopping 81 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Patty Jenkins created a masterpiece on her directorial debut with the 2003 biographical crime flick Monster, starring Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci in the lead roles.
Jenkins based the story on the life of a real-life cold-blooded serial killer who was notorious in the 1990s and 2000s, Aileen Wuornos. A sex worker who operated in the streets, Wuornos had murdered nearly seven of her male clients. Due to her unusual history and unique, subversive identity within a patriarchal criminal underbelly, Wuornos became quite the sensation before being executed in 2002.
Jenkins’ film explored the complex relationship betweeTheron’s’s Wuornos anRicci’s’s Selby Wall. Wall was the semi-fictionalised take on Wuornos’s’ real-life girlfriend, Tyria Moore.
Having won the Academy Award for her phenomenal performance in the film besides various other awards and accoladesTheron’s’s portrayal of Wuornos was touted as her career-defining performance. Roger Ebert even went on to call ” “one of the greatest performances in the history of the cine”a”.
To portray Wuornos, Theron underwent a dramatic transformation that led her to shave off her eyebrows, gain nearly 30 pounds and wear prosthetic teeth. With frightening and fascinating body languageTheron’s’s sublime acting cemented her name among some of the greatest performers in the industry.
Theron, who was later seen in films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast & Furious and Atomic Blonde among others, will now be seen in the latter’s sequel on Netflix.
Monster is indeed the best film within her filmography and sees Theron in an audacious role that explores the complexities and brilliance of the character she was entitled to play.
Now an audience favourite on Netflix, watch Monster on the streaming platform now.