Halle Berry Goes Nuts in Frankie and Alice
Speaking of another movie star with a continued appearance of dwindling talent and appeal, Variety tells us that Halle Berry has been cast to star in and produce a mental thriller called Frankie and Alice. The storyline sounds a tad interesting in that it surrounds a woman with split personalities, one of whom is her native persona while the other is "a racist Caucasian…that preys upon her mind." Talk about hating yourself.
I feel like I can already see Berry pretty clearly in this role, given some of her previous performances, most similarly the creepy ghost-fest Gothika. Even though that flick dealt with a pissed off Caucasian female apparition as opposed to another personality, the audience got a pretty good dose of watching Berry battle the demons in her head (e.g. looking scared and nervous, people not believing her, struggling to hold on to her mind, etc). She even played a quiet nut job in Perfect Stranger, again delivering some scenes where the right grimace of her face or blank stare hinted at the raging battle her in mind. I'm thinking this is what we might see in Frankie and Alice, at the very least.
This isn't to say I'm not going to give her a chance. I like Berry quite a bit, although I think the notoriety she gained in 2001's Monster's Ball was pretty overblown. She hasn't exactly delivered on that level since. Catwoman, anyone? Regrettably, I did not see her in Things We Lost in the Fire, but that seemingly had a lot of Berry-typical crying and inner turmoil as well. What are your thoughts on Berry's current state of acting?