Sam Mendes delivers his message of the consequences of achieving the American dream by showing all the misfortunes of this family and encourages society to find the beauty in the world by prioritizing your life properly so life is not gone to waste. Chris Cooper, Thora Brch and Allison Janney. Voyeurism plays a big part in Ricky's character. It stretches on forever, like an ocean of time. I loved the symbolism behind the marajuana to show how the was rebelling and I loved the overall theme of how people often times are the exact opposite of what they are. Back in the house, Carolyn walks into her room, shoves her purse into a box, and then collapses into the closet, sobbing, her arms wrapped around Lester's shirts. About Us is a subreddit for in-depth discussions about film.
Interestingly, these reactions are relatively simple, and are not really intended to build suspense: the film is not, at heart, a murder mystery. We can describe joy, but happiness on the other hand is something that is hard to describe. A color that could represent erotic as well as the blood of violence. I see him in anything and immediately I imagine him smooching Kevin Spacey. Ricky smiled because he knew that Lester had finally become a happy person, content with his life, just before death. I think this is a sentiment more suited to the ideological apparatus debates of the 1970s than contemporary discussions on film.
And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. The film is beautiful and insightful, but limited in its scope. They walk towards each other and meet in the middle of the room, framed on the right by a bouquet of red roses. Think of it like a Fight Club for the middle-class. Why did it not seem this clear before.
Upstairs, Jane and Ricky are lying on her bed. Lester remembers his grandmother's skin, and we see Carolyn standing outside clutching her purse as the gun goes off, the sound faint through the pouring rain. Material possessions and looking successful is a recurring theme throughout the film. As I'm writing this 8 years after its first release, the Oscars and the whole hullabaloo, I'm very surprised that West Bentley hasn't become a major star. If Carolyn were to find a balance and prioritize differently, her marriage would not be so dysfunctional. The moments of authentic relationship and goodness comprise genuine American beauty that redeem a wasted life, and that make the consequences of losing one's way so real and tragic.
These are the feelings and emotions the American Beauty represents and its presence in this scene solidify the theory that these are the things that led Lester to his untimely death. That says a lot for the Burnham family. I love the iconic visuals, I like all the actors involved, and I like the script. Considering the only voice over we hear is Spacey, at the very beginning, we can assume the film is about him. She asks if he's scared, and he tells her he doesn't get scared. The people who saw him laughed at him.
He picks up a blanket and covers her with it, wrapping his arms around her, and she starts to cry. And the bag thing wasn't so bad. It is easy to take this film for yet another Hollywood tale about the emptiness and meaninglessness of life stripped from all illusion and pretense. It was a great film to end the 90s, and it's also my go-to film when I think of Chris Cooper. And she's never once seen a single movie. And I can feel anything but gratitude for every moment of my stupid little life.
Our reaction to this scene is purely embodied. So back then, I thought American Beauty was just fucking amazing. What evidence do you have to support your views? Like a little kid begging me to play with it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. The movie is about honesty and the freedom it brings.
It's well crafted humor paired with its suspenseful climax makes it the perfect movie. His version of American Beauty is completely disconnected from the reality of the people and real life that surround him. Perhaps this is why the color works so well in that respect, it is symbolic of blood, and therefore, a subconscious indicator of death and danger. Must we consider a movie beyond reproach in order to like it? Instead, some stores offer bins in which to properly recycle plastic bags. To return to what I said at the beginning: terms like embodiment and cognition should not be tossed around carelessly in the context of film. Take my Blade Runner scene for example, Roy Batty's monologue is all about the things he has seen and the feelings he obtains from the visuals, not the narrative tied to the visual.
Completely awakened, my heartbeat stopped for a microsecond. And then I remember to relax. One might come sooner than you expect. What a tragic shame it is to lose sight of the diamonds and be left holding the empty plastic bag. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. There is the sound of a gunshot, and blood spatters against the white tiles.