"Oh Beautiful for spacious skies..where psychos ever reign..."
American Beauty is thought provoking, startling, and intensely real all at the same time. Some people may find this movie scary, I think that the scary fact is that there are people actually like that in America. I understand know why it won so many oscars!! For once the academy and I are in complete agreement!! Phenomenal...made me think in depth and use parts of my brain that were rather dusty..It certainly makes you look at your neighbors in a whole new way!!WOW - American Beauty was a wild, intense ride, that throws you from scene to scene. Before I saw the movie I had heard a lot about it, so I didn't expect to be surprised like I was. But wow, once you think you've got it figured out - the writers throw you for another loop! Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening did awesome, awesome work! Kevin, looked fine!!! He deserved every bit of that oscar and Kevin honey, you keep looking like that..look me up baby!! Annette and Peter Gallagher played off one another fabulously!! They were revoltingly funny as lovers/enemies. The layered plots only added to the mystique of the movie. Alan Ball never fully explains some things, leaving you wondering and wanting more! For example the psycho's(Wes Bentley) mother, what was wrong with her? It is never fully explained!!!
Wes Bentley himself did a very good job at convincing us that he was not quite all there. His character ends up being the most prepared and aware of the way the world works. He's got his act together. When he shows Thora Birch's character the video of the bag and reveals his more deeper thoughts - I just wanted to melt. How does one make such a psychotic character so appealing??
The movie was very well done - the website is by comparison is just as cool, if not better. It sucks you in and once you are there, it is very hard to leave.
Two thumbs...waaay waaay up from this reviewer!!American Beauty took me places in my mind I never thought to explore before. Is there indeed a little psycho in all of us? One thing is for certain I am going take each day as I come to it. Live for the moment ~ Carpe Diem!! I sound like a self-help book!! You never know where the day will take you, just like the movie. Life is a ride to be enjoyed ~ Go with the flow and follow the crowd to see this movie..You will not regret it!