This Film Truly is an "American Beauty"
Mr Vic aka | Marion, IA USA | 09/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes several different things come together to form a truly unique work of art. Such is the case of Alan Ball's excellent script; Sam Mendes' direction; and the exemplary acting of an uparalleled group of actors.
In "American Beauty", viewers will find themselves rooting cheerfully for Lester Burnham, the movies key character brilliantly played by Kevin Spacey. Burnham is a man going through a mid-life crisis slash awakening in a plot that turns out to be a mystery, drama, tragic comedy and satire all rolled into a finely crafted story.
This film dares to show the sarcastic contradictions that occur in everyday life. For those quick to judge others, this will hopefully be an eye opener as to what the effects of those judgments can have on life and death.
I think most viewers will be able to relate to at least one of the unique characters created in this picture, which garnered 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, in 1999. Personally, I fell in love and lust respectively with Thora Birch and Mena Suvari. The other characters are brought to life in exemplary fashion by Spacey, Annette Bening, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janey and Scott Bakula. They all interact together and astutely show the everyday foibles, humor, tragedy and other unique circumstances that occur in suburban life.
If you've already seen "American Beauty", you know how great it is; if you haven't viewed it yet, do so immediately--you won't regret it...