American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
This is one of those films that go down in history for being completely unique and stunning in their script writing. This movie was recommended to me for a long time and when I did watch this, it was definitely worth the watch 😀 . The acting is superb in this movie throughout especially from Kevin Spacey who plays the main role Lester Burnham. He plays a suburban father who is having a mid-life crisis and became obsessed with his daughter’s friend Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari). He does become it bit creepy as his infatuation grows but this also makes him rather captivating throughout 🙂 . The film was quite dark especially how it began as it hinted to how the film would continue and was a very interesting start 🙂 . I liked how the film was narrated by Lester as this brought us closer to the film and wanting to see how things would end. I liked how the film did not just focus on just Lester but others too and I liked the character of Ricky (Wes Bentley) especially as you learn what his family is like 🙂 . I loved how each character’s problems built together and all lead to the last scene which was my favourite section. The ending was shocking, different and has stuck with me since I watch it 😛 . The film is very arty and this works in its favour because the scenes are quite memorable (such as the roses on the ceiling scene 😛 ). It’s a very psychological film that will have you thinking and questioning the idea of the “American Dream”. This may not be to everyone’s taste and to be quite honest, the ending was the best part of the entire movie for me. But it deserves a watch once and it is unique 😀 . Enjoy 🙂
I give this film 4.5 Stars out 5!