Every time that the film cuts away from what Thor is doing, it's like a slap in the face reminder that this is still a Marvel movie...
Having read Alex Garland's novel recently, I have to say that it is miles above the film. The novel isn't high art or anything, but there are complex and interesting ideas contained within it, where as the film feels very much like the studio provided notes to make the film appealing to the masses. The result is a very poor adaptation, that tries to hit the same beats as the novel, while disregarding the build up and the payoff. As a result, The Beach is just an obnoxious early 00s film, with a brutal lead performance by Dicaprio, and not much else. Read the novel instead.
Things I would do differently.
1. Remove the food from the freezer where they put the bodies.
2. Build the wall out of something stronger than cardboard.
3. Close and seriously board up the doors behind the built wall.
4. Seduce Francine away from Flyboy.
5. Take all the guns out of the gun store.
6. Never take off the fur coat.
7. Eat a whole ton of cheese.
I'm a dick. I've suspected as much over the past few months, and tonight I officially recognized this fact about myself. In the five minutes after this movie was over, I was able to piss someone I saw this with off so much that they just stopped talking to me all together. This is entirely because I called them on their negative comments about the film. I'm specifically using the wording "negative comments" as I feel criticisms denotes something valid,…