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.
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.
feels so damn y2k. i was admittedly very interested in the journey leading up to the fabled beach, but after their arrival the film spun into a bunch of different directions -- none of which i really enjoyed. the scene with the norwegians was powerful and i was expecting a shift in tone after that and i guess i kind of got it but not in the way i wanted. and uh...the video game scene. wowie.
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