The Beach (2000)

the beach “The only downer is, everyone’s got the same idea. We all travel thousands of miles just to watch TV and check in to somewhere with all the comforts of home, and you gotta ask yourself, what is the point of that? ” – Richard

Number of Times Seen – 2 (3 Mar 2013 and 15 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A young man trying to find himself travels to Thailand and then meets up with a group of similar minded people who have tried to create an island utopia far away from civilization.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I avoided watching for years because it just didn’t seem interesting enough for me to watch.

I finally saw it three and a half years ago and enjoyed it, but I can’t say that it blew me away.

In my attempt this month to watch and review all of Danny Boyle’s movies, I decided to rewatch this and enjoyed it much more than I suspected that I would.

I really liked the way that they tried to show how a modern utopian society would function.

To me, the most poignant (and ironic) scenes is the one right before the main character is about to go on a trip back to normal society and he gets lists and lists of items from people wishing to live in utopia, but cannot function without lots of modern inventions to do so. 🙂

This is really one of my favorite of Boyle’s films because it gets so much right and the way it handles the subject matter.

Leonardo Dicaprio is quite good here and it’s easy to see his acting chops at work while playing this role.

Excellent soundtrack really helps with the tone of it all.  I especially enjoy the song Pure Shores by All Saints.

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Bottom Line – DiCaprio is quite good here. One of Boyle’s best films because of the way it handles its subject matter.  Great soundtrack helps make this even more interesting. The idea of creating a utopian society is always a fascinating one and they do a great job of creating a modern one and showing us how it would potentially work.  Especially loved the scene where the main characters gets lists of from everyone else and we see what’s really important for them. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The island was initially chosen by location scouts for Fox Studios not because of its astounding natural beauty, but because of its potential for a landscaping rethink. The script called for a clearing on the beach large enough to play football, so they bulldozed a whole heap of the native trees and vegetation. They also planted a hundred non-native palm trees just to get the right look, essentially introducing an exotic species to the island that could threaten to take over and effectively change the habitat forever. While the whole thing was an eyesore for the locals, the real damage didn’t come until the filmmakers left the island. The usual seasonal storms hit the beach, but this time the sand dunes didn’t have the protection of their natural vegetation. They collapsed immediately and washed out to sea, damaging the fragile coral reef on their way out. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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12 thoughts on “The Beach (2000)

  1. Such a cool soundtrack. I like the scene where he hallicunates and goes into videogame mode. The general premise is a pretty interesting take on a “utopian” community.


  2. Always gotta love a film for coming in and leaving an imprint on the environment. Fucking assholes. And how ironic is that, by the way, now that The Beach’s star is a radical environmental conservationist? Wow. (Not that DiCaprio had anything to do with the damage to those coral reefs.)


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