The Beach Directed by Danny Boyle (of Slumdog Millionaire fame)
The film was released in 2000 when i was 16,
But I only watched it yesterday, 10 years later, at 26
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio who was also 26 filming it
and Thailand is just not on my must travel list
i guess i MIGHT change my mind because of the film or a free trip.
WEIRD COINCIDENCE, the fact that i only had time to finally look for this movie and watch it at this point of my life, I truly truly triple really really dig the film concept, its a voyeurism, sensually appealing and every moment strikes and fleets by, everything that can happen in your life happens at that exact same time, leaving you no room to response or think. This is a turmoil that someone at our age can only understand, not too young, not too old, just the right age, its that fine line that you walk while leaning over the edge to see where else you can go.
the idea to GRAB A BAG and go to that far far away land, that dizzy sense of losing your head and yet completely certain that you are looking for an adventure, extreme decisions yet looking for familiar comfort zones, thinks you're different but a nudging feeling tells you that you're not, i cant summarize it that well and i would watch this film again and again as it might reveal truths about yourself that you wanted to hide and at the same time you're proud of because you survived with the twisted secrets you kept, yes, strange as it may seem, dark your reality maybe, this film has a soothing effect, you can liken it to hollywood ending, still i like how its done, i just wish the film can be longer!
MOST OUTSTANDING MOMENT in this movie for me was this line v/o by Richard (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) and its been a while to hear lines from movies described in such a few lines that actually summarizes a larger truth that you have always wanted to express.
it was a scene of a starlit night, the eve before they hit The Beach, maybe it was the unknown and uncertainty and forbidden journey that they will be heading into but with a steadfast decision in achieving their ultimate goal they are ready to cross that line, all these conjured and milk up the moment in parallel where 2 person who shouldnt be together, and just before these lines were uttered, you know when you hear it, it will hit home, and you will feel it over and over again.
"When you develop an infatuation for someone, you always find a reason to believe that this is exactly the person for you. It doesn't need to be a good reason, a bad one will do just as well. Taking photographs of the night sky, for example: in the long run that's just the kind of dumb irritating habit that would cause you to split up. But at the time - it's the charming eccentricity you've been searching for all these years."
Source: The Beach, Line 38
and we ALL know THAT feeling in our life, because we've experienced that dumbest reason to fall for someone and yet we could never let it go, so why to me it feels like one who is deeply infatuated its as if on the brink of committing a crime? Because this infatuation is forbidden in all its sense, and you're now on the brink, you know you will cross that line, comitting that crime. Once there, you will prbbly end up ruining yourself more than others but at that point it was worth becoming a phoenix who flames up and come alive again. In reality, without infatuation we have prbbly ruined ourselves in ways we dont realize because we have not lived that moment by the brink of death thus we dont appreciate being alive. I guess to me that is the best feeling in the world, to commit the crime to be deeply infatuated irregardless of norms and forget that the rest of the world exist.