Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 May 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Remake of the 1988 film about two mismatched girls who’s friendship lasts for over 30 years
My Take on it – I was actually shocked that this remake was even made.
There are many times when films are remade for no reason whatsoever and evoke a HUGE WTF and this is one of those times.
There was no need whatsoever to remake the amazing film from 30 years ago because even the added technology doesn’t help further the story at all.
The cast is talented here, but neither of the leads here are able to give such emotionally powerful performances as Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey were able to do nearly 30 years ago.
The story feels rushed here and they somehow cut 30 minutes of the script which mostly takes away from the important character development aspects of it all.
They even created a new rendition of the emotional theme song from the original film.
This version of the song is pretty good, but still lacks much of the emotional impact of the original version.
Check it out here:
This is a film that most people can skip especially since they have the option to watch the original which is such a better version.
Bottom Line – Another example of WTF!!! There was absolutely no need to update this film. As talented as the cast is, they can’t come close to give us the same level of performances as Midler and Hershey gave 30 years ago. They rush through the story essentially chopping over 30 minutes from the original story. The new rendition of the theme song is good and moving yet also doesn’t come close to the emotional impact of the original version. Watch the original and skip this one.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When it was announced “Beaches” was going to be remade with Idina Menzel & Nia Long starring, Better Miller took to Twitter with the following tweet: “Can’t wait to see Idina Menzel as CC in Lifetime’s Beaches! DON’T TELL ME THE ENDING!” (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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