This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.
What is your purpose in life? How do you feel about yourself? How do you interact with other people? Is your life turning into one big routine?
This film teaches you how to look closer at life, discover more, and understand further. Never judge a book by its cover, and certainly never judge a person by how they present themselves; there may be much much more hidden underneath the surface.
An amazingly inspirational piece with some of the most beautiful (and most re-circulated) soundtrack I've ever heard. Sam Mendes does us proud.
- ...And I'm missing the James Bond marathon on TNT.- Lester Burnham
- This country is going straight to hell! - Colonel Frank Fitts
I am Lester Burnham.
How could be a beautiful flower couldn't smell, and exhilarates his own perfume as an essence of his own body? We're all the same flower named American Beauty? We all flourish in the form?
It's like God's looking right at you, just for a second, and if you're careful... you can look right back...Beauty....
American Beauty is America with white fences, red roses in the garden...Blue windows and Red door making a dark mirror onto America and his citizens which live upon there. All the things there give me some darkest echoes…
Look closer: some things aren't as pretty as they seem - a concept, point of exploration and conventional means of getting simple stories off the ground in a new way that goes as far back as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This didn't keep Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and countless others from exploring it and giving their own twist to it. Yet, 1999 comes around and what exactly does first time director Sam Mendes do in a messy debut? He gives us this and this alone in a bipolar mood-swing of malnourished ideas and clunky themes. And yes, it won best picture.
American Beauty pits a smorgasbord of issues and one-sided backing hardships to a well laid out American suburbia,…
It’s difficult to describe how I feel watching American Beauty for the reason that my emotions are constantly fluctuating throughout it: sadness, joy, disgust, anger - it’s as if the cast of Inside Out is going insane in my mind. What I do know is that I wholeheartedly love every bit of it. Kevin Spacey - a serious contender for the top position on my personal ranking of favourite actors of all time - puts down a performance that can compete with his appearance in Se7en, through which the viewer is granted the great fortune of looking at the strange semi-surrealistic image of America created by director Sam Mendes (and let’s not forget writer Alan Ball). Lester Burnham, father of…
Films in the grand scheme of things rarely change for me. I've had my fair share of films that have grown or weakened in retrospect, but most of my opinions have stayed around the initial feeling that I received after the film. After my first viewing, I loved American Beauty. I was pushing back the tears for hours after, and the immense emotional connection that I had with it was truly amazing. I was so excited to watch the film again to feel that same feeling, and as soon as it started, a frown appeared on my face. The film seemed dated in a horribly 90s way, the dialogue was pretentious (and I HATE that word) and self-important, and the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Resisting singular interpretation about the films meaning American Beauty is, for me, undefinable. There are many thematic interests that many will use for their own interpretation and sure, Sam Mendes' involvement as director could establish and mold your view for you.
Anyways, first thing is first, Kevin Spacey is absolutely amazing in this. Unfortunately the ending for me had been spoiled a couple of years back but I still hoped that it was wrong and at one point I was even convinced that it was wrong. But alas that was never ever going to happen really and the ending proves devastating for those around him, but not him. Sure they didn't really like him, but would they want him dead?…
It had a slow start and I was expecting little more than a feature length Desperate Housewives episode starring Kevin Spacey. And it's a shame the film takes a while to develop and get properly interesting because when it does man, oh man (sorry) it is a seriously satisfying film and those final closing parts feel so lovely. Genuinely a beauty. I like to think I see a lot of beauty in the world and this film reaffirms the kind of attitude I have about the beauty of the world and I'm at a loss for words for what I should type next. Maybe I should just say I wish the more comedic parts didn't last as long because the drama trumps it easily.
Weird, realistic and yet so.. beautiful.
A slice of 90s vibe.
one of my favourites omg kevin spacey
I think from all angles this is a teen movie. It's what the OC constantly tried to be but could never because of Stav restrictions. It's final act is total dramatic perfection.
A beautifully shot masterpiece with a plot that surprised me throughout.
Great camera, great score, great actors. Especially Kevin Spacey and Sam Mendes show that they are large numbers in the movie industry. Really thrilling story, although you know the end since the start of the movie. Probably this makes you think through the hole movie and what is very fascinating. I love the movie and I can just recommend it to everybody!
found it odd that a lot of the story didn't follow Lester and his infatuation with his daughter's friend but it still worked out and was massively engaging. I guess that's a burn on how it was advertised.
I read this as a dark comedy about American society from many different aspects. Kevin Spacey does wonders as Lester Burnham, and Wes Bentley as Ricky Fitts is strangely poetic and genuine. not to mention his father Colonel Fitts being one of the most interesting supporting characters I've ever had the pleasure to watch unfold in the background.
a masterpiece on all levels. honestly surprised it took me this long to finally watch it.
One of my favourites of all time. Beautiful performance by Kevin Spacey.
this list could probably go on forever
(there's a lot of cronenberg here)
today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…