Does Paradise Exist?
Saw this film at the cinema and really enjoyed it so bought it on DVD. Danny Boyle who directed Trainspotting done a great job with The Beach. The DVD comes with a big choice of special features. Directors commentary
Cast and crew biographies
Leonardo Di Caprio stars as Richard, an American backpacker who wants to see more than the tourist side of Thailand. Richard wants adventure and excitement. He meets up with a bloke called Daffy in his Hostel who seems abit crazy and Daffy gives Richard a map. The map is to an Island which is supposed to be really beautiful and off the beaten track. When Richard then meets a French Couple they decide to go and check the Island out. To see if such a place does exist. What happens next is a journey down a road of discovery, love, passion, death, hope, fear and danger.
The film is one hell of a crazy ride and has a fab soundtrack too( Own it on CD). Caprio is 10 out of 10 in this film and the scenery is breathtaking. This is a film you must add to your DVD collection as it is action packed and well worth watching again and again.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Not a very nice story about not very nice people
This is an nteresting commentary on the tourist trade, but a mere shadow of the book, which I rememeber affected me deeply. I think it is difficult to feel good about the story or the film as everybody in it is so intensely unlikable. This book, while critiquing the horrible Brit-Abroad mass tourism behaviour ("Chunky Charlies"), has ironically become the perpetrator of its own much-hated practices; on a diving trip to Koh Phi Phi in the Andaman sea, where this was filmed, we saw no less than 4 huge boats of tourists heading "to see where The Beach was filmed". Really it has just made me feel worse about the way I am seen as a tourist in Thailand and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
If you buy it, the advantage to this DVD is that you get to see the alternative ending and beginning in the extras; and they are a lot better than those they chose to put in the movie. In fact, I was left wondering why most of the deleted scenes were deleted.
Having converted most of my old video collection to DVD this is a great film 5 star film to find this film gem in digital format. If you watch this in widescreen format, it really does the battle scene great justice; coupled with surround sound, you'll be gripped by the amazing cinematography. I would recommend the director's cut that includes scenes about the relationship between the lead character and his estranged wife and helps you to understand the motivation behind his decision. The run time is 183 minutes for the directors cut and 120 minutes for the cinema version. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of extras, which any fan of this classic would expect to be included. There's
Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Love this film!
One definite plus of this screen adaptation is Di Caprio's performance: forget all teen girls' hysterics and press gossip about him, he's a class actor, up there with the best, though he's got to be careful not to overdo it and become an over-the-top De Niro at such a young age and stage of his career.
I loved The Beach: the romance of it, the tropical and breathtakingly beautiful scenary and Leonardo's perceptive illustration of the way in which separation from society brings out the animal in us. An adult movie variation on William Golding's Lord of the Flies.
The story is of an American traveller,Richard (Di Caprio) and his chance meeting with Daffy (a cameo by Robert Carlyle)
in a hotel.Daffy gives him a map of a secret island where paradise can be found and Richard soon tells the story to two
French travellers and they all head of in search of the island,but when they get there the paradise soon turns into a
nightmare and for Richard his mind starts to lose control.
The only bit i find rubbish is the part were di caprio is like in a computer game mode.
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