The Beach (I) (2000)

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Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

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25 October 2006 | ccthemovieman-1
9
| Unfairly Panned; A Good Movie
Here is another of those films that got panned by critics all over the place, but I liked the movie and thought it was unfairly criticized.

Two things are not up for debate: the film is entertaining and the cinematography is gorgeous.

Leonardo DiCaprio's lead character is not particularly likable, but that's nothing new for him. He's good at playing the boyish, cocky immature type. He's also good at narration, which he provides here, as he has in a number of other films. In fact, I wish there were more of it in here.

French actress Virginie Ledoyen is a new face to me, and a pretty one. I found her intriguing, and not just because of her face Actually, all the characters were pretty darn interesting in this film and you get a varied group.

The scenery from Thailand is magnificent. By the way, "the beach" that's in this film really exists, just as it's seen here. The story is interesting, too, for the full two hours. My only complaint was that they might have toned down the language, particularly with all the f-words.

Don't listen to those national critics who blasted this. I think you'll be entertained.

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Trivia

Footage from Apocalypse Now (1979) is shown in Richard's motel. This is Danny Boyle's favourite film.


Quotes

Richard: My name is Richard. So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I'm from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit...


Goofs

In the burial scene, the corpse blinks while the sand falls on his eyes.


Alternate Versions

This film had some differences from the novel that wasn't seen in the film:

  • Richard's obsession with war and video games is explained a bit more in the novel.
  • Keaty is not obsessed with his Game Boy in the film.
  • Richard never sleeps with Françoise despite having feelings for her, which he thinks are reciprocated, saying that he considers Étienne a good guy and would not want to do that to him.
  • Richard never sleeps with Sal, nor is it Sal who accompanies him to the mainland for supplies, but rather a character called Jed (who patrols the island's perimeter) who does not appear in the film. In the book, Jed is the person who leads Richard, Etienne, and Françoise to the community, not Keaty.
  • Ella (who works for Unhygienix), Jean (the leader of the gardening detail), Cassie (who works for Bugs), Jesse (who works in the gardening detail), Moshe (the head of the second fishing detail), and the two unnamed Yugoslavian girls (who work for Moshe) do not appear in the film.
  • The part where Keaty catches a dead squid that gives some of the island's inhabitants food poisoning is not in the film.
  • Karl escaping from the island in the beach community's main boat was not in the film.
  • The ending is different from the book's, which had Richard, Françoise, Étienne, Keaty, and Jed attempting to escape from the now crumbling community. In the book's epilogue after their successful escape, they move into their respective lives. Richard loses touch with Étienne and Françoise yet finds it hard to be totally freed of the effects of his experiences in that "parallel universe."
  • Richard never received an e-mail from Françoise with a picture after their farewell.


Soundtracks

Return of Django
Written by
Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Performed and Produced by Asian Dub Foundation
Asian Dub Foundation appears courtesy of London Records

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Adventure | Drama | Romance | Thriller

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