micahel alig

Party Monster

“This is the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate.”



I am not afraid to admit that I had no idea what the hell a Club Kid is or was. (I was born in the late 80’s, in the midwest, so I had no clue what was going on.)  This movie is something I was not expecting, even though I had no idea what to expect.  I didn’t even know it was based off of true events.  I just though it looked neat and fun so I watched it on Netflix.  Turns out that even though I was surprised by this movie, I was still correct in assuming it was fun. 

The whole movie is almost theatrical in the way it’s filmed and presented.  But considering this movie took place in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, can we really expect anything else?  That time in New York was theatrical and over the top, and still is in some places and even through out the United States.  Party Monster covers the events of when Michael Alig moves to New York, meets James St. James and how Alig handles his life up until he is arrested for murder.  I think what made this movie a “WTF! Is this for real” moment for me is how over the top everyone is.  And because this is all true. 

The acting was was fantastic.  Holy cow was it fantastic.  Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green were so amazing that I kept telling myself “I can’t believe this is them”.  Sooooo bloody brilliant. The way they speak is almost as if they are talking to a senator who happens to be their lover.  It’s sassy and has a touch of a condescending attitude. 

Macaulay Culkin portrays Michael Alig, who is a young man from the midwest that had a knack for selling things over value and making people want to do wild and crazy things.  He’s a very flamboyant person and was eccentric to the extent he had his own language.  Culkin is wonderful is this movie.  His voice, and facial expressions are so perfect in this that is was bordering creepy.  This was his first role in 9 years.  That means this was his first movie since Richie Rich.  And oh my god was it a great movie to do.  He was meek and shy at times and then he was so sensual and coy at others; it was almost naughty enough to make you blush just thinking about being in his line of fire.  His laugh was so annoying and over the top that it made me laugh.  It was just so cool to watch Culkin in this movie.

Seth Green portrays James St. James, who is a self proclaimed original Club Kid.  He is one of the first but I’m going by the movie, not by google searches.  James is just as flamboyant and in your face fabulous as Michael but not so crazy.  Thank god because I’d hate to imagine what would have happened if they both were.  Green’s performance was just as wonderful as Culkin’s.  I was so shocked and amazed watching this movie that I still wasn’t over it once the credits finished.  He’s always been that small, geeky guy from Buffy.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Seth Green.  I think he’s great, but this role was so far from what I normally saw him in that it is still taking me sometime to get over seeing him a sequined leotard.  That makes me giggle.  The way Green talks through out this movie reminds me of the way Zsa Zsa Gabor talks, NOT SOUNDS, but the WAY he speaks.  It just makes it all the more astonishing to me.  In every shot it’s almost like he’s posing for the cover of a magazine.  I just loved him in this movie.

Everyone else in Party Monster was ok compared to Green and Culkin.  That may also have to do with the fact that no one else had as many lines or scenes as those two. 

The costumes.  OH MY GOD THE COSTUMES.  They were extravagant, crazy, over the top, and the guys rocked them like they were 6 foot tall women wearing couture.  Some of them were even original Club Kid costumes which made it all the better. 

 The way they filmed Party Monster was very reminiscent of the 1990’s in some spots.  It was a lower budget movie but it wasn’t lacking in anything.  They stayed with the feel of the 1980’s and 1990’s which was perfect.  There were some random camera shots but most of it was pretty standard. 

There is heavy drug use so if that’s not your thing, do not watch this movie.

Over all I give this movie an A-.  I’m hesitant on giving any movie an A+ because a perfect movie to me makes me feel a range of emotions and draws me in deep. But the acting was so perfect in this movie that, while it is nearly perfect, it is still very much FAB-U-LOUS!

          Annabel