An extraordinarily profound film, this movie is a universal
journey of self
Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnam experiences an epiphany
caused by an instant infatuation he experiences with his
daughter's sultry cheerleader
prompted by a new friendship with his new next door neighbour,
Fitts, his daughter's
pot-dealing admirer, then her boyfriend, Lester
finds the strength to dramatically
alter his life. He
decides that he will no longer walk through his life a spectator
with his life
revolving around possessions and status,
and embraces all the things that he feels make him feel
What follows is a human spirit bursting through, an independent
thinker making himself known, and the rotten core of the
family is exposed. Lester
feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years.
And I'm just now waking up."
Ricky Fitts the new next door neighbour (wonderfully
acted by Wes Bentley) shows Lester that anything is possible,
if he takes the responsibility to simply do what he truly
wants to do. He films objects in everyday life, speaking
about his perspective of the world to
his new friend Jane Burnam. "Sometimes,
there is so much beauty that I don't think I can take it."
In this sentence, the theme of the movie is revealed.
There is beauty in everything.
movie asks questions about the legitimacy of many of our
social obligations, the dangers of paranoia and close-mindedness,
the worth of self-happiness, and the value of appreciating
all that is beautiful in a life often all too short.
acted and filmed, American Beauty is a superbly thoughtful,
powerful, relevant, as well as entertaining movie. I give
it my highest recommendation.
Reviewed by D.Davavich