The Beach details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Canet, Virginie Ledoyen, Tilda Swinton, Daniel York, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Carlyle|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Dec 2000|
|Subtitles:||Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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What have you done to a Masterpiece story?By kmcca5 from East Sussex , 28 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Danny Boyle and Hollywood have a lot to answer for after butchering Alex Garlands modern classic!
First off DiCaprio hams up the character of Richard. This I dont understand. He is great in so many films! "Basket Ball Diaries", "Whats eating Gilbert grape", "Gangs of New York" and the list goes on. I think it was just awful casting, as the whole point of the Richard's character was that he was a geek! Spotty, ginger geek! That had more chance of loosing his eyesight from shaking hands with the governor of love than pulling the love interest in the story. But give a story to Hollywood and watch them disfigure it almost as much as the moviemakers did to the beach in Thailand to make the film!
Its a shame, because there is so much potential there but it all fails to be delivered in this popcorn oh isnt Leo cute with his top off trash!
There is one redeeming feature in that Robert Carlyle puts in a sterling performance as Daffy. One to avoid if you have read the book or if you actually like good films!
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ClichedBy a customer from Dudley , 23 Dec 2009Leo dicaprio made the film, as with anything he starred in as a youngster!
Although watching I couldn't understand what the film was except for, 'group of people found beach with no tourists'. Very cliched, and I haven't read the book, so maybe a crappy book is to blame for the crappy dialogue in the film.. or not.
Going by the start you expect something brilliant as it starts with an edge. But once they got to the beach it was bland and unimaginative. Yay Paradise....full stop. An unsatisfying film.
Not as good as the bookBy Moonwalker (38 reviews) from Dorking , 14 Dec 2009Everyone has said it aleady and said it well. Not a bad effort, but not as good as the book. Parachuting in Hollywood actors (even good ones like DiCaprio) doesn't work if the point of a story is the BRITISHness of the central character. What's next - an American playing Sherlock Holmes?
Surprisingly goodBy jordanchaos (7 reviews) from Brighton , 22 Oct 2009Shame Richard becomes a snotty American (Leo De C) but a surprisingly good film. I would give it a try if you are err-ing either way.
Not quite paradiseBy Duzzbob (183 reviews) from Bexleyheath , 20 Oct 2009The Beach see's Danny Boyle fresh from making the fantastic Trainspotting coupled with the hottest new Hollywood star straight from Titanic - Leonardo Di Caprio. This film threatens to hits the dizzy heights of both for the first hour or so but then loses it's way towards the final third - just as Leo's character Richard seems to lose his way. Beautifully shot with a great soundtrack, and not worthy of the huge slating it received when it first opened, but still not the cinematic paradise it was aiming for.
The BeachBy stitchtwiglet (18 reviews) from Bedford , 21 Sep 2009
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideA film i don't actually lose interest in, as the location shots change alot and there's good scenery, the plot moves along keeping you interested though as the film goes on the plot deteriorates and turns into a different sort of film to which it could have been, the weird gaming shots in the woods is just bizarre where leonardo di caprio is running as if in a gameboy type game however i understand why it was used to make you feel like you're in a game and that's what's going on in his head a fight to survive which is why his character in a way becomes mentally unstable and goes slightly insane as he's had too much alone time, the hissing at the girl who is shot is bizarre though again i assume it's so the viewer understands how that lifestyle is as if they're living like wild animals where there are no rules. The ending had me confused why doesn't she shoot him if she cares so much about being the ruler of the island if she had maybe people would have stayed i just didn't understand why everyone ran yes there were men with guns but when they turned up weren't there far more of them in their hut then the armed men? and after living like wild animals for so long then surely they would have attacked the men though yes some would die and be injured but that's what happens in the wild and the woman being the leader should have protected her pack and therefore shot the main guy with the gun when she was handed the gun rather than aim it at leonardo di caprio, that part just seemed to confuse me. i understand why the characters return to the mainland in the end it's as if saying they lived the paradise dream world of living on an island they had their moment but like most things you're brought down to reality and are continually looking for paradise in your life and paradise is what you make of your life not of where you are.
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