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January 14, 2018
No other movie affects me with such emotional profundity than this one - which, if there are any flaws, they are overcome to the sheer emotion this movie elicits.
January 9, 2018
Compelling, unafraid, and sharp. Kevin Spacey deserves a particular shoutout for being at the top of his game, from meek pushover to becoming a force of nature. But every actor does an incredible job. A smartly written script and story carried by great characters, this is a rare film
January 2, 2018
La mejor película que he visto. Simplemente perfecta.
½ December 30, 2017
I found myself liking this movie right off the bat: the opening sequence, wherein the main protagonist Lester Burnham (portrayed by the ever-so-believable Kevin Spacey) uses self-deprecating irony to describe the incentive that'll eventually lead him into a fatal midlife crisis. From there on, "American Beauty" only kept me captivated throughout its full playback.

Firstly, let me tackle the cinematography, as it's not enormously spectacular - although far above-average, if you ask me. Mendes & Hall did a great job at making nearly every shot one worth admiring (or, at least, appreciating): in light of this, one of the characters, namely one of Lester's neighbours, uses a consumer-grade 90s digital camera to film the activity around the protagonist's house in a fairly amateurish though certainly voyeuristic way, providing a unique point of view.
This furthermore describes the rest of the scenes and accompanying sound design: unique. Especially as Lester fantasises about one of his daughter's friends Angela, the scenes have a concise aesthetic vibe to them, albeit oftentimes coated in the film's eerie, dramatic self-awareness. The repeating of some compositions throughout the film to clarify the changes the characters have undergone, is a very nice touch to all of this, as well as the ending sequence making heavy use of gratuitous Hollywood-rainfall.

Moving on to the story, I think it's clear by now that the movie gets the majority of its credit for exactly that. What comes to mind when trying to best describe the plot, are "intricate", "existential" and "intriguingly thought-out", all three with good reason: the Lolita-esque and thereby sexually open narrative paves the way for incredibly fine character construction, with Kevin Spacey once again performing like none other.
That is: Lester starts off as being a boring office worker, tired with life, far from daring to speak up for himself. Then, as he is both fired from his job and introduced to high schooler Angela, his character snaps in an almost tangible way, kicking off him cutting away all toxic aspects in his life whilst also working towards his ideal self, as to please an evenly idealised girl. Ironically, this includes getting rid of the white picket fenced American Dream, but in the end, after some well-placed twists, he manages to find himself, and thus his peace.

I'm not going to lie: I didn't expect this movie to win me over at first, but I was happily surprised being proven wrong for two full - and I daresay exceptional - hours. Certainly, this film is a work of art possessing an intrinsic, intricate beauty - an American Beauty.
December 26, 2017


[Sam Mendes]
½ December 23, 2017
Looking back on it, I actually thought Allison Janney gave a great performance as the wife of a closet gay ex-military man, almost rivalling Spacey's.
December 18, 2017
Puntaje Original: 8.0

Esta es sin duda una obra de arte. Sam Mendes nos muestra la perspectiva de la psicología humana mediante unos personajes bien trabajados y una historia bien narrada.
November 26, 2017
This movie is a god dang masterpiece.
½ November 19, 2017
For me, American Beauty was love at first sight. I wanted to buy a camcorder and go to the streets film trash bags floating in the air. Never had the courage to rewatch it.
October 30, 2017
Seen parts, kinda messed up, but it's ok haha.
October 27, 2017
Two great performances and wonderful characterisation carry a film that manages to stay imaginative and engaging.
October 13, 2017
most overrated movie in history
½ October 12, 2017
Great, but only if you want to watch a porno.
October 8, 2017
Every time I watch this movie I have a rejuvenated passion and happiness for life. It is beautiful.
September 12, 2017
A very realistic look into an average American family, brilliantly portrayed by the cast with a shocking final few minutes!
September 10, 2017
A near perfect character study,very well written and funny and witty, the whole cast provide great performances
September 6, 2017
American Beauty is a thought provoking masterpiece that keeps your interest with superb acting throughout, especially by Kevin Spacey.
September 4, 2017
An incredible movie with very realistic characters. The plot is simple but it turns out very complex. Also has some very funny scenes. Overall an awesome movie.
August 21, 2017
This is one of my favorite movies because it is such a unique story. There are so many layers to this film and the ensemble is quite amazing. This movie is sad, funny, intriguing and much more than I expected. This is one of the best movies that I have seen. Ironically, there are many art forms that can be appreciated from within this film.
August 12, 2017
10 out of 10:

American Beauty offers a strange yet smart and complex story, that holds affecting performances, great score and direction, and a plot that's funny and tragic.
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