Does paradise exist This is the question asked in the 2000 film The Beach. One of the most highly underrated films in recent years, Its plot is brilliantly executed with several underlying meanings. The Beach really about two distinct, yet interrelated things, finding out that paradise does not truly exist, and that human society tends to take beautiful things and distort them into something hopelessly awful.
The opening scene reveals to the viewer one of the main points of the film. In it, the main character, Richard, played by Leonardo Dicaprio, is walking through the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. This is a place that was once beautiful, but has been consumed by the mindless pop of western culture. Richard, a person who longs for the unique, is disgusted by this. He has traveled all the way from America searching for tranquility, only to discover that it is exactly like home. This is the first delve intp the underlying meaning of the film
?I just feel like everyone wants something different, but we all end up doing the same damn thing?(Richard). This is Richard?s proposal to Etienne and Francois, his two French companions. Richard has been given a map to a
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