The Beach Reviews
Is it perfect? Oh, definitely not. While The Beach does better what I've seen other films try to get across, it does a few other things worse. A film can't have too many themes at once, which this seems to. I like the idea of someone coming across a hidden paradise where escapists hide away from the rest of the world. But if they had focused only on that plot, it would have been much better than it is. Granted, I do like the movie, a lot, but I would have given it five stars if they had cleaned up some of that nonsense. One can get confused.
Is it about respecting your own existence so that you don't risk your own neck trying to re-establish your place in the world because "life is hard and stuff"? Is it about idealism, and how it can be both beautiful and sacrificial? Or is it about "bros before hos" and not stealing that one French dudebro's girlfriend? Which you later cheat on because, hey, she's willing and you're alone without witnesses.
I enjoy mystery and intrigue along with a little maddening commentary, but I feel so often like films shoehorn in romance to appeal to what they believe is a "sensitive, feminine audience". A lot of American films feature these pointless romances where they shouldn't belong, and this movie is no exception. I could have cared less about the forced romance in this movie, especially when it didn't feel like the characters had very good chemistry.
In spite of that fact, the concept of the film, and the way it was executed, was very well done, and I don't think it gets enough credit for this. The Beach has flaws, but for me, they aren't abundant enough to hate on it. It has a unique touch, and these days, it's rare to get that feeling out of a movie. Looking back on this one, it wasn't nearly as bad as people made it out to be.
line and predictable adventures leaves his character wanting a better ending
Watched this on 27/5/16
Clearly one of the most underrated movies I have ever seen. This is one of the finest films from Boyle and far better than many of his acclaimed ones. I expected silly teenage stuff from The Beach and I was taken aback by the power of story telling. DiCaprio gives an underaprreciated performance in this film which is about a descent into madness, the existence of a beautiful paradise and the effects it would have on its inhabitants. The film's themes of selfishness, self-indulgence and excessive struggle to keep the secrecy of the paradise are too strong and this film like its novel is similar to Lord of the Flies. I find the themes better executed than in films such as Apocalypse Now.