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Monster (2023) – English Review

And the real monster is?

A mother is worried that a teacher at her son’s school is harassing him and hurting him physically. So she confronts the principal and the teachers at his school, and all they do is apologize. And that makes the mother more angry, and she wants the evil teacher gone forever and ever. But the school isn’t doing much to get rid of the problem. What is really going on with her son and the school?

The master director, Hirokazu Kore-eda, has made one of his best and most interesting movies with Monster. It’s a movie that feels a little bit woke when you take a closer look at the relationship between the two young kids.

But there are also a lot of other things going on here with the grown-ups and how imperfect they are. They all have a monster inside them because of things that have happened in their lives, or they are pressured to become a monster because of how society works. They carry around some dark secrets, and in the start, the movie feels generic when it focuses on the mother of the son who is bullied by the teacher.

But after the first half, the movie switches things around, and it’s here it becomes really interesting when the movie tells the story from another perspective which tells us the truth about what’s really going on. And it’s also here you feel that the director took the woke path, which is okay, but he could at least have done it 10 years ago before the brain-dead woke people were let out of the insane asylum. But thankfully, they are getting dragged in again and put in straight jackets so grown-ups still can rule the world. Oh, sorry, I meant what I said, but I didn’t mean to change the topic.

Over to the movie. So, the movie is well-acted, and in the last half of the movie, you feel the touch of the master director, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and why he is such a good and calm storyteller. There are several scenes that say so much without the characters saying much, which is a relief.

But don’t think that this is an ordinary movie about bullying. Monster is a much deeper movie than that, and even though there is a character here who gets his life ruined without deserving it, you must laugh at how the character first started this mess. Everything just goes wrong for this character. But you will hate this character when he’s first introduced because of his behavior, and you will hate the principal and the other teachers because they are so passive. But they also have a monster inside them, but which monster is that? That, you must see for yourself. Stupid idiot!

Rating: 9/10

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