Monster’s Ball (2001)

Monster’s Ball (2001)
  • Time: 111 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Marc Forster
  • Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger


Hank Grotowski is a prison guard. He works with his son, Sonny, and lives at home with his racist father, Buck. Lawrence Musgrove has just been executed and a horrible tragedy has happened at home. Now, Hank has just met Leticia, a young black woman struggling to make ends meet and they quickly fall in love to ease each other’s pains. If only he knew that Leticia is Musgrove’s widow…

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  • After a series of hardships Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) finds himself alone in the world, with his only son committing suicide and his ever-nagging father always riding him about every little thing. Hank is a prison guard that works on death row at a maximum-security prison where his son was also a guard. While at one of his favorite diners, he comes across a waitress whose luck is no better than his own. Leticia (Halle Berry) has also recently had to deal with the death of her husband who was on Hank’s watch on death row. Leticia’s son passed away shortly after his father when a car hit him as he was walking home from the diner with his mom. Hank helps her out the night he died and they form an emotional relationship.

    Director Mark Forster did a wonderful job showing us how in every situation some good can come out and to never give up when it seems all is lost. The character choice was great, Billy Bob Thornton is a passionate actor along with Halle Berry’s flare. Tragedies like these happen every day and it was good to see some of the struggles each character faced and the positive that came from this. Monster’s Ball had little suspense but all of the tragedy made up for that. Seeing outside of the box is what made this movie so interesting. Hank’s father was racist toward the African American race which made the plot a little more suspenseful.

    The interest that I had in this movie was that it showed a person’s will to move on even after a life shattering experience. The story line was catchy but for me the movie started off kind of slow. Once the plot got going, it seemed to hold me in my seat and I didn’t find myself wanting to leave the room.

    All in all, this was a good movie. I wouldn’t have given it a five out of five stars, but it earned a firm three. With this, I would definitely watch this movie again.

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