Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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 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 on the garden...Blue windows and Red door making an dark mirror onto America and his citizens which lives upon there. All the things there give me some darkest echoes to…
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,…
Sunday Morning Review!
You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... You will someday.
Inside this overbearingly dreary and kind of melancholy tale, there is something to be seen that is profoundly... beautiful. The increasingly tragic tale of the middle aged Lester Burnham and his secret obsession with the stunning blonde High School beauty Angela is one of the best films of American cinema in the late nineties and was a perfect movie to usher in a new age of films for the 2000's. It's slightly overrated and its most definitely far from perfect but I still find it hard to deny the strong writing and its odd, transfixing way of storytelling that mixes the…
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…
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?…
An excellent example of how editing and direction can turn a really average idea into something near perfect.
The editing is the real high point, it's continuously clever, unique rapid and urgent. I honestly hadn't seen editing quite like that before, not since "Whiplash" at least. It also boasts a career best performance from Kevin Spacy. He is truly magnetic and carry's this film on his shoulders, adding full impact to every scene. And Sam Mendes knows how to limit his direction here, especially in the quite moments where he really shines. All of these things excel "American Beauty" beyond what it possibly could have been otherwise. Although I'm really unsure on how I feel about the ending.
It's easy to see why allot of people love this movie. It's a nice middle ground between something like "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "Happiness".
La mejor, el final fue completamente wow.
I felt such a connection to this film. It may not be so subtle, but who says good movies have to be? Absolutely beautiful.
"American Beauty" is a masterful movie! I can go on and on about how much I love it. The writing, acting, editing, cinematography are all great and well-done. One of my favorite parts of the movie is the metaphor it has with roses. One variety of a rose looks so beautiful and elegant on the outside, but inside it's rotting and quite disgusting. Just like a suburban town when it looks friendly and welcoming as a whole, but one family in it can be a disaster. Roses, being one of my favorite flowers, are incorporated into many scenes, which is an example of the excellent cinematography.
The cinematographer did a great job with using angles and color and lighting. Using…
One of my favourite films from the 90s
sam mendes also sucks
i can go on and on this movie is so nice and so gorgeous everything about it just amazes me every time i watch it. maybe i'm just your typical film hoe but american beauty is so good and i don't even care how pretentious it sounds like it's such a beautiful movie also kevin spacey is a total dilf
"My job consists of basically masking my contempt for the assholes in charge"
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!