Was directed by Sam Mendes Written by Alan Ball Featured Kevin Spacey as the main protagonist of Lester Burnham
This film tells a story about a family who is troubled and growing apart from each other. Lester the main character is going through his mid-life crisis and starts to fall in love with a teenage girl. The mid- life crisis is the main reason why the family is having trouble relating.
To understand American Beauty we have to pay particular attention to the films tag line: ". . . look closer," a clue that we must explore the film much more wisely to get its real meaning. The whole idea of the film is to look closer at life and what it has in store for you. It makes people stop and think for a second and realize how great life really is. Even though it does this through a rather difficult story lin. Ball (the writer) did an excellent job in bring those ideas to life with in the house of the Burnham.
There are certain key factors which make this movie one of the best The cinematography was phenomenal throughout the film. Conrad Hall did an excellent job with the lights and darks to set a certain mood. The shots were very parallel thought out that film to create this idea of balanced.
The theory used throughout this movie is the Oedipus Complex Theory.
This is a concept within psychoanalytic theory referring to a stage of psychosexual development where a child of either gender regards the parent of the same gender as an adversary, and competitor, for the exclusive love of the parent of the opposite gender. The name derives from the Greek myth of Oedipus who kills his father and marries his mother with out knowing.
Well throughout the film Lester falls in love with his daughter friend due to the idea of his mid-life crises. We start to see a relationship dwelling between the two. This supports the whole thought of what the writer wanted in this film.
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