American Beauty is the story of a depressed middle aged man named Lester Burnham, who is married and has a teenage daughter. Whilst attending his daughter's cheerleading routine at half time in a basketball match he lays his eyes upon her friend, Angela. A girl known for her sexual lifestyle. While this is going on Lester's daughter begins a relationship with their new and slightly odd homophobic neighbours. This plot is a really basic way to put the movie, it's much more then what I've said.
American Beauty is a near perfect film. The film was absolutely superb and is one of my all time favourite movies. The acting is superb, the film is well directed, well written and absolutely hilarious when it's not extremely dramatic. American Beauty is a must see masterpiece of cinema that's full of romance, comedy and drama. I've seen very few movies that are as great as this film or better.
The acting in the film is absolutely superb. Essentially every one in this film gives an amazing performance that deserves some sort of recognition. Kevin Spacey gives a hilariously believable performance that captures the actual lives of people in similar situations. This is probably his best performance I've ever seen. A lot of the supporting cast do just as amazing in the film too. They help create a greater sense of realism in the film which is one of the reasons I love this film even more.
Sam Mendes directs this film sensationally. I loved Mendes when he directed last year's Skyfall, but I love him even more here. He takes this sensational screenplay by Allan Ball and makes it into an even greater film that I will happily watch any day of the week. Mendes beautifully captures the on going life of a suburban town, but adds a bit more of a mystery and a bit of suspense to it which all adds up to make an amazing film.
American Beauty is absolutely hilarious at times. I've been praising how realistic this film is and I shall be praising that fact even more in this paragraph. There is humour in real life situations and occasionally in reality the situations people get into can be really funny when thought about. In American Beauty they capture theses moments and put them together to make one of my all time favourite comedies and one of the funniest films I've ever seen. It blends comedy with drama just perfectly.
The last 20 minutes of this film were amazing. The climax of the film is where a lot of suspense begins to kick in as well as some neat twists which I won't spoil, but they actually surprised me as well as made me laugh. Towards the very end of the film I was literally on the edge of my seat awaiting how everything was going to turn out because we basically presume what's going to happen based on the opening monologue.
To sum up American Beauty is a near perfect film. It's full out outstanding acting, realistic humour and situations, it's well directed, well written and the climax of the film had me on the edge of my seat. The film is a true masterpiece.