American Beauty : So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

I'm not just talking about that the colonel was the one who pulled the trigger. The whole movie acted like a domino effect, basically making things lead to another, which in the end resulted that Lester got killed.

Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

Lester. If he had not behaved the way he did, smoking pot with Rickie, having Rickie over to his place, misleading Col Fitts into thinking he was a homosexual then the rest would not have happened and Lester would not have died. At least not the way we witness it in the movie.

Angela

Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

The point of the film is to suggest that it was not a person, but an environment. The ambiguous trigger pulling, the numerous suspects to kill him all with different motives is meant to say that in reaction to his acting out of place the suburban community as a whole rejected him and he had to die.

Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

The movie cops out in the end with his fatalistic and pessimistic soliloquy about life in general. Quite a few movies in 1999 ended on a similar "life's a bitch then you die" note and while it may seem cute and punctual for its time, it comes across today as jaded with a pinch of amateur secular thought. Those other movies include "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Fight Club"

Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

How do you see Eyes Wide Shut was fatalistic or jaded or particularly grim?

Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

Please sign this petition to keep the imdb message boards! The founder Col Needham is planning on getting rid of them on Feb. 20th. :(

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Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

Amazon.com owns IMDB. They want to migrate commentary over to product/service reviews only and you can ONLY do that if you purchase products from their site. They're not saying that officially but it is the reason they're doing it.

Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

I know, but it's sad!

Re: So in the end, who was at fault in Lester's death?

I think that that from the very beginning Lester was destined to die. He was a prisoner of the society and the society rejection to him made him die.
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