Man it’s been a while since I’ve done a movie review. I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this one yet. This has been one of my favorite movies for YEARS. For me it is a cult classic and a major essential to any art film-lover’s stash. Directed by Sam Mendes (Spectre, Skyfall, Cabaret), it’s an iconic portrayal of love, fear, and regret in anonymous suburbia.
American Beauty stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, a disillusioned and depressed suburban father and husband. His life picks up speed when he begins to notice Angela (Mena Suvari), his daughter’s mysterious and sexy friend. The movie follows Lester’s family through the bores of suburbia, tackling themes of entrapment, infatuation, and regret. Annette Benning and Thora Birch shine as Lester’s stressed wife Carolyn and rebellious daughter Jane, who is stalked by their strange neighbor Ricky (Wes Bentley). Chris Cooper shines as Ricky’s strict military father, in another of the film’s more complex roles.
The movie features gorgeous cinematography (by Conrad L. Hall), with a dark Sofia Coppola / Tim Burton ethereal vibe.
Overall, without giving away too much, American Beauty is a gem. It’s thought-provoking, darkly humorous plot bring meaning to the gorgeous visuals & music. It’s my favorite performance of Kevin Spacey’s, and again – is one of my all time favorite movies. It’s on Netflix now, so if you’ve finally finished Stranger Things, this is what you need to click on next.