Billy Bob Thornton’s best movies don’t care about easy answers. “Primary Color” doesn’t provide them. Despite its strange, unrealistic plot, “Armageddon” is too – it’s a fantasy drama about human perseverance. Despite appearing in his share of blockbuster movies, Billy Bob Thornton doesn’t seem to crave simple entertainment. And “Monster’s Ball” is not just entertainment.
Best of all, to be remembered for Halle Berry’s landmark Oscar win – and rightly so – “Monster’s Ball” is a very difficult movie. It’s hard to see. Very difficult to decompress. Even for a film that deals with abusive parenting, death, and racism on a grand scale and in violation, “Monster’s Ball” still carries a considerable amount of pain during its run. However, it does so in the hope of looking at love and forgiveness to determine their tensile strength. Again, it’s a theme Thornton has returned to throughout his career, but here he gives the stage to a group of actors on the verge of a breakout or charismatic breakout. (Berry, Heath Ledger, Sean Combs). Acting is reaction, and in “Monster’s Ball,” Thornton’s seemingly stoic but stinging reactions not only make for one of his best performances, but also prove he is a one of Hollywood’s great scene partners. That’s important in any project, but especially in a project as delicate and difficult as “Monster’s Ball.”
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