An adventurous young American is seeking an experience off the beaten path in Thailand. He is offered a mystery map to a tropical paradise off the coast. When there, he discovers a commune of western hedonists led by the charismatic, Sal.
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Boyle's pre-millennium imitation of Apocalypse Now fudges the dark descent into madness necessary to make the movie work. Rather than presenting Richard as an antagonist, which he is, Boyle softens & excuses him in an effort to make the film more approachable for the teen-girl audiences no doubt flocking to see DiCaprio, post-Titanic. As it stands, it's an interesting & stylish film, but one that feels somewhat safe.
A discombobulated effort with such distinctive sequences, it fails to maintain a full arc. Nonetheless, there is so much of merit in this sophomoric effort from Boyle, errors in design are forgive able. This left an indelible impression in my teen years.
Underrated film from director Danny Boyle is not without its plot contrivances, but is a fresh and original story told with a strong visual flair. Leonardo DiCaprio is good, and there's some great supporting turns from Robert Carlyle and Tilda Swinton. Some of the character motivations towards the end start to get a little hard to follow, but still a film that's definitely worth a look.
The Beach, where to start. This is one of those films that I'm really late in watching but better late than never. To be honest, I enjoyed it, it was entertaining and it felt young, and nostalgic despite the fact that I hadn't seen it. Boyle's directorial style is so iconic and just fucking brill and his use of soundtrack echoes that same feeling you had watching Trainspotting for the first time. It's alreet!
When I was younger I loved this movie but when I revisited it it had lost some of its luster. Kind of a weak Danny Boyle flick. It definitely lacks direction, with its ever shifting ideas and genre hops. Maybe it reflects how Boyle likes to completely change genres with every movie, sometimes within a movie (sunshine). Goofy 2000's soundtrack. The 4th act drags and it's direction seems misguided. DiCaprio is hot.