Diverting your vision can seem like an almost impossible task when things appear to be in disarray, but the divergence is utterly necessary. You just have to look harder. You just have to seek out that silver lining and embrace whatever that is, regardless of how small it is.
When the world gets too loud I often find myself searching out places that I know that I am sure to find beauty. The solitude of the bush, the vastness of the night skies, the inspiration of the art gallery or the comfort of a coffee and a good novel are sometimes the places that I turn to when I need to re-adjust my attentions to something beautiful.
A good hug can really be an underrated and terribly underused thing of beauty and solace. I just don't think people hug enough really, if we all just hugged each other more we would all be so much happier. But it is generally seen as such an invasive and often uncomfortable thing to do, reserved only for a few select people in our circle of trust. Why do we do that? Why as humans do we try to escape from the things that will clearly make our lives better, make us feel more valued and important and in some cases offer a little slice of human touch that we as a society lack in such a large way?
As an intelligent species, we really are very dysfunctional aren't we? Do me a favour, go out and find some beauty in your world today, and please hug someone - hug them as hard as you can.... it just feels really good.
Release Date: 1999
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 122 mins
This movie has the writing skills of Alan Ball (creator of TV series Six Feet Under) stamped all over it, team that with the directing prowess of Sam Mendes and you've got a seriously winning combination. American Beauty is a character study about the mundane and predictability of life, about escaping one's realities and about searching for those parts of ourselves that are missing.
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is bored with his life and his unhappy marriage to Carolyn (Annette Benning). When Lester becomes infatuated with his daughter's best friend, he finds himself rising out of his depression and beginning to live his life as he wants to. In doing so, Lester inadvertently becomes the catalyst in launching a series of life changing events into motion for all of the characters involved.
There is a hopelessness and a hopefulness that is a symphony of emotions in this film. We are constantly torn about the character's motivations and general moral compass, but still empathetic to their toils. This is a marvelous piece of cinema; the acting is suburb, the content riveting and the characters perfectly flawed.
FINAL SAY: I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.
4.5 Chili Peppers