Rewatched May 08, 2012
I studied this in High School, and watching it that many times and analyzing every scene as well as the symbolism and other intricacies of the film probably should have made me begin to hate it. But it hasn't. The film is definitely an A+ and the things mentioned previously just help to seal the deal for me. I put this in my favourite films list within my profile. And with good reason. With the
Lester Burnham character, played outstandingly by Kevin Spacey, you get everything you want in a character. Compelling drama, humerous comedy and some odd, but impactful romance. The supporting characters are great as well. Annette Bening and Laura Burch as his daughter and wife are both great in their roles as family members that hate the head of the household and think low of him. Mena Suvari as the sultry love interest for Lester that sparks the happenings of the film. And Wes Bentley as Ricky Fitts, the teen that takes a liking to Jane, and somewhat to Lester.
You know the end result of the film at the beginning, so every step there has you thinking about the ending. Sam Mendes executes it beautifully and provides a film that has it's heartwarming moments but also moments of dread and depression that all combine to create an outstanding work of art. A Masterpiece of modern film.