The American Dream is not all as it seems. It is dark, it is fake and it is an allusion depicting family life in an unreal way. Good morning Ladies and Gents. As I just said, the American Dream is not all that as it seems and Sam Mendes's “American Dream” and Derrick Borte's “The Joneses” both demonstrate this idea. This is communicated through the dialogue of the main characters and their socio-economic and physical environments that they inhabit. By utilising the structure and themes, American Beauty and The Joneses explore the impact of the physical and emotional journey on the characters living the American Dream.
American Beauty is a film that delves into your typical, middle-class suburban American home and slowly uncovers all of the abnormalities that lie within. The Joneses although fraudulent also show abnormalities that lie within their own lives, and towards the final scenes show their desires to be normal.
Both Directors portray wholesome family life and economic prosperity through their material possessions, by using techniques to fool the viewer into thinking they are living the American Dream. Derrick Borte's “The Joneses” is a bit far fetched but he and his characters deal with it in a realistic way. Dialogue used in American Beauty cleverly states that the family are dysfunctional, as with out this dialogue they would appear normal and possibly happy with all they have. The Characters show how this type of movie is fiction and this situation happens in someone else's house every day and we do not realise it.
The two Movies are filled with many social psychological issues such as when tension produces people to act in a way that is inconsistent with there attitudes. This is shown in the scene in American Beauty where Lester is supposed to write how he is important to the company. Instead of doing this he decided to tell the efficiency manager how he really feels, and that he knows about the manager spending almost fifty thousand...
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