Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 8, 2010

American Beauty (1999)
#30 on my Top 100 List
This movie is all about performances. Kevin Spacey is absolutely phenomenal as a man who discovers that all of the beauty has been drained out of his life and decides to take it back. He won Best Actor for the role and I think that it was absolutely deserved. Allison Janney is very powerful as a suburban housewife driven deeper and deeper into her own madness by her cruel husband, even though she's onscreen very little. The look of the movie is very unique, between the lush and bright red rose petal Lolita fantasies that the main character has about Mena Suvari's character, the repetition of movement and slow-motion in the scenes between those two characters, and the dry gray look of everyday life. Kevin Spacey's monologue at the end is a very touching, appropriate ending.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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