Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
The film offers a handful of good messages. For example, I find it very interesting that it doesn't chalk all that misery up to life's natural lack of any justice, so that Aileen doesn't appear as just a victim of circumstances, as she says in one moment of the film; instead, the film shows that Aileen often has the option to act one way or the other, and she makes a decision. It could have been different, she could have picked the other option, but she knows what she is doing and she gives many reasons why she's doing so. The film sympathizes with her, but doesn't pity her; it just shows her actions and the motives that she feels are valid. It doesn't justify her. The viewer is left to reach his/her own conclusions. I find this one great achievement of the film, and one that makes a big difference between this film and many dramas that wallow in pity and justification of the character's deeds.
Like many have said, both Charlize Theron's and Christina Ricci's performance are flawless. I feel that Theron really deserved the Oscar. Ricci is great too, and this should be even more of note since she isn't given a lot of space to develop the character of Selby, Aileen's lover.
The film has its flaws, but it still is a rather impressive document, and one that certainly gives some food for thought.
- Jul 20, 2006