Howdy, everyone! I hope that you all are having a great day? Today I took a moment to check out the new film only available at Walmart, Beaches. I must say that it
is not my normal film that I would watch but I was interested to see how much they had changed. I must admit that I was not a HUGE fan of the original Beaches. I thought that it lacked in so many ways, but the new film is just the same in my opinion.
If you have ever seen the original Beaches, I am sure that you know the story line but let me get into it a bit. Beaches followers the serendipitous meeting of two girls on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Idina Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles when she is discovered by a director who gives her her first big shot. Hillary (Nia Long), the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer, struggles to find her destiny. Their friendship even with its ups and downs sustains them for decades.
I am not one to really go into too much detail about the film because I do want you to make your own opinions but I was kind of let down by the new film. I thought that it was super rushed through and not as thoughtful as the original movie. The running time of the film is actually 88 minutes; I understand that this is a lifetime movie but the original Beaches was over 2 hours if I remember right.
It was this long for a reason the story was very well developed. This is where the new Beaches falls short in my opinion. But it does have some great points, one being the music. Personally, I thought the music was brilliant and did bring something to the film itself as it did in the first. Menzel has re-recorded her own versions of Midler’s iconic songs Wind Beneath My Wings and The Glory of Love, which are both featured in the TV movie. (The soundtrack is available on iTunes.)
The street date for the film is May 9th, and I do hope that you check it out. Just because it was really not my cup of tea at all does not mean that it will not be yours. The one thing that I do find in the film is a great positive message about friendship and love. This is really the best thing to take away from the movie.