there's a thing where you adds 'in my ass' to the end of a movie title, so here are some…
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…
"...But it helps me remember... I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in."
I had seen this film before, many years ago. I thought it was really an amazing movie back then, but after watching it again after all this time, I finally see American Beauty for what it really is: a magnificently mesmerizing, strikingly brilliant masterpiece of cinema. There's nothing more that director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Alan Ball could have done to make this any better than it already is. I feel like everything was how it should have been, and it's an unforgettable experience that I will…
Just like other rewatches this month (The Departed, Pulp Fiction), I don't realize how I never saw the beauty of this film before.
This movie is, at its core, about average people trying (and basically failing) at finding beauty in the world. Every character tries to extract meaning from different sources. Kevin Spacey's Lester wants to re-experience his fun youth. His wife attempts to have an affair. Angela tries to rely on her attractiveness. But the thing that strikes me most about this movie is that none of them will ever find true and utter happiness. That's not how this world works. Even Mother Teresa probably never found 100% happiness. Yet as long as the American dreams tells us we…
Deeply disturbing. Darkly comical. Brilliantly acted. Gorgeously shot. Just sat there for a while after the end of this in silence. That's right, it's one of those movies.
regaining the will to live because of a pretty girl? honestly can relate
Honestly this is the weirdest film I have seen all year. Kevin spacey is discontent, his wife is boring, and his daughter barely acknowledges her father. It's hilariously relatable though. Sam Mendes so perfectly guides us through the horror of middle class life. Kevin spacey's charcter in this satirical comedy/drama is literally who we all should aspire to be. Someone who takes hold of their fleeting life, and makes something of what's left of it. Weather it's morally acceptable, legal or illegal, right or wrong, happiness is not to be altered by the opinions of society.It's satirical because everything we laugh at is an indictment of American middle class life. The quest for freedom, the snooty materialistic wife and her…
at first i thought it was weird because of the obsession from lester, but at the end it took a turn and i actually enjoyed it.
Nothing special but I still enjoyed it.
American Beauty follows a simple story, but Sam Mendes' direction and use of color and imagery elevate it to a modern day tale of lust, longing, and the need to live a life examined. Alan Ball's script can only be described as extraordinary. Conrad L. Hall's cinematography is a sight to behold. Thomas Newman's musical score rings wonder to the ears. Kevin Spacey's performance as Lester Burnham is a high point in his already illustrious career. Spacey delivered his finest and most memorable performance to date. For his work, Spacey was rightfully awarded the Best Actor Oscar. American Beauty is a triumph of acting, writing, and directing.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this so much lmao it's actually so good like..
movies in which a hetero white man with a god complex is rude to literally everyone for his own personal gain and sense of achievement
this list could also be titled 'The Pissbaby'
my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…