Beaches (1988)

Contrived, disillusioning, and an emotional experience.

Director of Beaches (1988) Garry Marshall is notable for the subjects he chooses, of relational stories that are sentimental.

I was hoping for something meaningful, and even deep, a real resonant experience at the level of the relational, but I was disillusioned.

There’s no lyricism or art, to what is an unbelievable friendship between a rich, sensible girl and a poor, boisterous girl. It is an implausible connection between two people from different sides of the neighbourhood.

Beaches is about the enduring friendship of C.C. Bloom and Hilary.

As girls, C.C. and Hilary become friends at the beach one holiday, and their friendship lasts a lifetime, through thick and thin, though life is not a bed of roses.

Lyrics from the hit song from the film, Wind Beneath My Wings, pretty much sums up the feeling that C.C. (Bette Midler) has for Hilary (Barbara Hershey). “You were content to let me shine, that’s your way, You always walked a step behind.”

There are high hopes, but also broken marriages, and infidelities. Occasionally, I think a seriously foul word went past, but I can’t remember for sure, and Garry’s Marshall’s direction could have done with more of a polish in more ways than one.

Fluffy pen pal correspondence and Hilary surprisingly dropping into CC’s life is unconvincing.

However, Midler and Hershey do their stuff well. Midler is easy to take, while Hershey, conversely, is sophisticated and mature.

The friendship becomes an emotional experience for this viewer, but not a real resonant one.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Published 2020,

Published by peteswriting

Peter Veugelaers, Writer/Contributor. Blogger. Independent. Devotions. Reviews. Articles.

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