A brilliant expression of the joy of life (by khintz)
The Beach Bum shows us the joys of life despite the pain of loss, death and poverty. It's a celebration of life embodied in a remarkable performance by Matthew McConaughey. Moondog is an exultant poet, more enamored with life than poetry, who lives an excessively pleasurable life with a poetic bent. Give yourself over to the film and you will have a good time, and in the end that's what it's really about.
A Disasterous Delight (by nickelreviews)
I know Harmony Korine's writing, directing, and humor certainly isn't for everybody, but see the movie with an open mind. It seems stupid and ridiculous, but anyone that's travel through the Florida Keys or to any of the Key West Beaches; Matthew McConaughey's character really isn't that far-fetched. I'm sad this has only grossed 2.4 million on a 5 million dollar budget as of now. It's McConaughey's worst film opening ever, and it makes no sense to me because his performance is excellent. Serenity Film was absolutely horrible! I understand why it did so bad <more>
at the box office. My wife and I literally walked out of that movie. The Beach Bum on the other hand is the total opposite end of the spectrum. It's raunchy and celebrates bad behavior, but it's a really good time and has heart! It's an American Dream gone wrong in the best way. The film has a great supporting cast too featuring: Jimmy Buffett, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence, Zac Effron, and Isla Fisher, and an amazing soundtrack. I feel like I should be punished for all the laughing I did during the film. Hopefully, it catches up at the box office on it's second weekend.
10 to offset the ashwholes who rate low (by thegarlicconnection)
This was a great film, it's hard to explain, but there are places where the lifestyle is similar. Real freedom is freedom from worry. This is it baby. Be happy. I'll be watching this one until I die. PEACE!
A philosophical trip about the sense of life (by bornios)
Moondog is a real slacker that lives from day to day smoking weed and celebrating the simple things in life. With his aloha shirt, long hair and his off one's trolley style he seems like a spin-off to the Big Lebowski. Matthew Mcconaughey plays excellent the main character Moondog. High class acting like he has waited for this role his whole life. Harmony Korine's new movie The Beach Bum is filled with crazy hilarious figures who look like they arose from a hallucinogenic trip. Well that's actually the main topic of the movie. Everyone is smoking weed and celebrating the excess. <more>
The excess is an important element of most of Harmony Korine's movies. As in Spring Breakers the characters seem to live only for parties, drugs and sex. In colorful pictures, with an amazing cinematography by Benoit Debie Moondog goes through an odyssey where he tries to define his own sense of life. The Beach Bum is a very poetic movie. Like an essay it projects the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist on the screen. Between the lines of the funny and grotesque dialogues and actions of the characters there hides a deep philosophical meaning. Thinking about the sense of life it defines a simple answer to what are the most important things to become happy and live completely free. When Moondog lies on the beach, sleeps with lot of women or invites a group of homeless people into his house to destroy the furniture he lives his personal freedom. Moondog is the personification of everyone's deepest wishes. A scream for breaking out of our structures and with rules imposed society. He is the rebel who, as his wife Minnie, played by Isla Fisher , says 'lives in another dimension'. Moondog looks like a modern prophet, trying to spread his message of a free easy-going life, which is defined by his literary work, he publishes. The Beach Bum is a real cinematic trip and an intelligent view on the absurdism of life underlined with fantastic actors Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence , beautiful cinematography and a great soundtrack that transforms every scene into a magic unforgettable moment.
This was surprisingly brilliant. (by natelongenecker)
I'd normally be snobby about this type of film but I was genuinely blown away by it's complexity and deliberateness. I don't like writing reviews, but felt the need to balance things out with a quick positive take.Some takeaways spoilers : This is a surrealist, illogical story full of illogical scenes and absurd pacing. But I'm pretty sure this is on purpose. You'll notice throughout the film characters often exchange one fluid conversation in multiple locations or from multiple angles. What we are seeing cannot have literally taken place, but we're given an idea of <more>
the feeling of it - and it's more entertaining as a result. This is not unlike Moondog's perception of is life. Many of the stories he tells are clearly untrue, and he romanticizes the hell out of any tragedy in his life, often overcome with laughter at the lowest of lowest. He is selfish, delusional, over-romanticized, and self-destructive. For him and for us as the audience, the truth is less important than hearing a good story. If you look at the actual events that take place in the film, you understand it to be a tragedy. Yet Moondog is laughing the whole way through, and we are at least chuckling every now and then I'm not gonna tell you this movie will crack you up, although I definitely did , giving us the impression of comedy. In reality, Moondog found his wife to be cheating on him, then lost her to a car accident, then worked to earn the $50 million from Minnie's estate only to blow it on a wild night, leaving him with no real friends other than his daughter, no money, no boat, and no soulmate. Yet that's not how Moondog chooses to see it. You may respect him for his positive outlook on life, or you may be disgusted by his selfishly-driven denial and avoidance of consequences at all costs - both conclusions remain equally likely. I understand why you may not like this movie. It is oddly paced, surreal, and destined to be occasionally offensive regardless of who you are. In many ways it feels like nothing happens, but I think if you're into trying to understand characters and themes there's a lot more there. With that said, if that's your type of thing, you may love it like I did.
I love how someone else said it's a middle movie without beginning or end - that's a perfect description of everything you need to know. I saw this yesterday on $5 dollar Tuesday that some theaters near me seem to have, I enjoy making use of that quite often & it's great for the admission of something like this where it's basically a party all the way through.I like how there are people that hate or love this movie. Like most films I watch I enjoy more than most cause I'm an oddball. Anyway, this has brilliant writing, beautiful cinematography, the acting is decent, a <more>
bit silly at times, not much else to say - this isn't even one of those movies that can be spoiled just remember how it's a middle movie. They never explain how Moondog ended up the way he did - at least in my opinion it's more of a choice!I hope people at least give this a chance cause I think it's awesome!
A fun movie, not for all but who cares I loved it (by dimebagboltz)
So many bad reviews? Heard of an arthouse film? Seen any other movies by Harmony Korine? Enjoy an awesome soundtrack? Enjoy top notch sceneray/directing? Jimmy Buffet or a Snoop fan? With a hillarious script.. the Martin Lawrence dolphins scene is a highlight amongst many.. do urself a favour, if you can watch a movie and not take it so seriously you are in for a treat!! Moondog rocks on!!
in a nutshell: full blown madness, dark/violent/nihilistic comic excess, and I liked it I think (by Quinoa1984)
How much you like or dislike this movie depends on how much you're into Matthew McConaughey and Harmony Korine making their Cheech and Chong/Hunter S Thompson flick well, Thompson but as a poet and more The Dude than Raoul Duke .This is funky, loose, crazy, and dumb, but often wildly funny. I dont know if Korine is going for a terribly deep message, and thats ok! It veers into mania and real darkness and terror, and it is legitimately shocking because he's got his chops as a provocateur in part because Debie, for all his filters, has a sense of naturalism alongside his director , <more>
but the whole experience is riveting. It's his most "conventional" movie in that it isn't aggressively full of oddities, but that doesn't mean it doesn't dance enough there to be what it is.I knew at times I shouldn't be laughing, or at least questioned it, and I think I can see someone coming to it and not having any of it. I wouldn't be mad if someone told me this got on their nerves - like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, it'll either hit you or it won't. For me, I dug McConaughey how much this is how he is deep down and how method or who knows what for it, don't care, I was equally charmed and repulsed and couldn't look away and I dig seeing Martin Lawrence, as the world's greatest dolphin tour guide, make a quasi comeback in one of the more insane comic set pieces I've ever seen. It keeps you on your toes and doesn't let you know how to feel about the shenanigans go down.Soundtrack is an all-timer give or tair a Creed song .
"The Beach Bum" is a good but weird comedy film, I liked it. However, some may beg to differ. (by svhot)
"The Beach Bum" is a nice , weird type of comedy-drama movie. Maybe it is the weird elements that some people will not be able to understand, the only reason that they will not enjoy it. Those who understand weird and dark comedy-dramas, will love it.Matthew McConaughey is the main lead hero, and definitely the highlight of this movie. His performance shines brightly enough in this eccentric role that was given to him in this oddly funny movie titled "The Beach Bum". Matthew plays a lazy writer who spends most of his time smoking weed, having sex, and drinking. He is known <more>
by the name of Moondog, and lives life by following his own rules.This movies attempts to convey the fact that we should continue to enjoy our everyday life despite the common obstacles and tragedies such as death, poverty, loss and so on. The director of "The Beach Bum" Korine, who made the much appreciated "Spring Breakers" is more concerned with showing people's life experiences, instead of delving deeper and doing character development and so on ; I believe there is nothing wrong in doing that. At least, there should be a few directors like Korine who make movies that helps the viewers to unwind, relax, enjoy watching a movie, and just have a good time.