The Beach (2000)

The Beach (2000)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen, Tilda Swinton

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.


  • Mhm, I was not really convinced by this one. “The Beach” is fun to watch, but it could have been done better also. I heard there was also a book, and the makers of the movie changed a lot of things, which was not a good thing. Most people seem to either really like this movie or really quite hate it. I have to say there are aspects of both these views in my overall opinion…

  • Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) travels through Thailand, he meets a stranger named Daffy (Robert Carlyle), who in turn gives him a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a paradise beach, excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it with a French couple, but when they arrive is it what they all had hoped it to be?

    The first half of The Beach just isn’t exciting enough, it’s all rush and no interest, it’s once they arrive at this beach, when the real story begins; sadly this is almost a third into the film. The characters fail to interest you, other than the main character, Richard, no other character really stands out, they are more background characters to Richard’s journey to madness.

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