Commentary Review #2: ‘American Beauty’ (1999)


Audio Commentaries are sometimes a forgotten gem in the world of film. But how often do they get heard, and are they even worth hearing? This series of reviews will take a look at some of the best, and perhaps worst, audio commentaries on some classic films. Exploring what, if anything, they bring to the film. Any commentary review suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.

Who does this Commentary? The American Beauty commentary is from director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Alan Ball. Although for the majority of the commentary, we only hear from Mendes, and Ball joins in with the occasional comment.

Possible film spoilers are ahead!

American Beauty is a truly remarkable film. Following the lives of seemingly ‘normal’ suburban families, we are told to ‘Look Closer’ and see that not all is as it appears. We follow Kevin Spacey, a frustrated man going through a mid-life crisis, who forms an infatuation with his daughter’s friend.

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About writingsuzanne

History graduate. Freelance writer and reviewer. Passionate about film, theatre and music (film soundtracks!).
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2 Responses to Commentary Review #2: ‘American Beauty’ (1999)

  1. jwforeva says:

    Nice movie but also quite baffling in some ways. It’s sort of like an essay on the vapidity of existence especially in a suburban environment. Kevin Spacey does get some redemption at the end, but I was so shocked at how the film ended.

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    • Thanks for the comment 🙂 I think it is such an amazing film, and you’re right about it being like an essay. Kevin Spacey I think is amazing in it – completely deserved his Oscar for the film.

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