Beaches (1988) – Encore Review


“You’re not dead yet: so stop living as if you are!” – CC Bloom

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 10 May 2017 and 1 Apr 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – The friendship between two young girls as it progresses over a 30 year period through the ups and downs that each experience over that time.

My Take on it – This is an amazing film because it is able to show how a friendship can grow closer and then apart and the closer again as long as the core remains between two people over the years.

Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey are both superb in this film and you can really believe the friendship between the two of them the entire time.

As with most films that span such long time frames, the story requires certain events to be truncated and long time jumps throughout but despite this, the story remains quite emotional and impactful throughout because it still feels as if it paces the story well and things don’t feel missing or rushed.

The music is arranged expertly and both the score and songs help with the emotional atmosphere of it all.

Midler sings her songs so beautifully here with her voice soaring throughout.

She even manages to make the viewer want to cry as some of those songs are performed.

This film tells a story that is able to make anyone nostalgic for the close friendships of childhood while also yearning for such a closeness that these characters share throughout the film.

Bottom Line – Excellent film that is able to show how a friendship grows closer and further apart over a long period of time.  Midler and Hershey are both excellent in this film and despite the story needing to truncate certain events and time jump, the story is still quite impactful and emotional.  The music is superbly done and Midler’s voice soars throughout.  This story makes one nostalgic for the friendship of youth and yearn for such a close kinship as these two characters have. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The song about Otto Titsling, the inventor of the brassiere, was first introduced by Bette Midler on a 1986 album called “Mud Will Be Flung Tonight.” The story of Otto Titsling (i.e. “a two-tit sling”) and Phillip de Brassiere (i.e. “fill up the brassiere”) is an urban legend, created by British humorist Wallace Reyburn in his 1971 book, ‘Bust Up: The Uplifting Tale of Otto Titzling’. In fact, the brassiere was developed by various French fashion designers from ladies’ corsets of the 19th century. The term “brassiere” is derived from the French “braciere,” a name for an armored military breastplate. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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