Neon | Release Date: March 29, 2019
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Compi24Apr 2, 2019
In many ways, "The Beach Bum" acts as a perfect distillation of Harmony Korine's cinematic sensibilities, whilst still adhering to a mainstream standard of identity. The plot is as thin as can be, the morality in play is suspect as all Hell,In many ways, "The Beach Bum" acts as a perfect distillation of Harmony Korine's cinematic sensibilities, whilst still adhering to a mainstream standard of identity. The plot is as thin as can be, the morality in play is suspect as all Hell, and the thematics are definitely present, but just vague and murky enough to stump even the most astute filmgoers. It's a rough watch, but to be sure, I'm certain that's exactly what Harmony Korine intended it to be. However, that's not to say that any or all of these things add up to a final product that's interesting, amusing, or even good. In fact, the final product feels largely plotless, with any sense of a narrative throughline feeling more like a late addition than an intentional story. The characters are depraved and unlikable. The jokes range from minutely amusing to downright offensive. It's not a good movie. But is that the point? Who knows? As it stands right now, though, I hope the above score is exactly the one that Harmony Korine wants. Expand
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amheretojudgeApr 1, 2019
A Small Boat And A Bigger Man.

The Beach Bum Korine's vacation gone wrong case wouldn't factor in on his carefree attitude, if anything it should be more fun for him. A dogmatic anecdote to possibly any crisis, is called being ignorant, but
A Small Boat And A Bigger Man.

The Beach Bum

Korine's vacation gone wrong case wouldn't factor in on his carefree attitude, if anything it should be more fun for him. A dogmatic anecdote to possibly any crisis, is called being ignorant, but it is that long procedure where a character so subtle as Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) is not easy to deconstruct or simplify. And this wild ride deserves a character so rich and three dimensional. Similar to Steven Knight's Serenity- McConaughey's previous film- the film is jarringly fascinating enough to lure you in for a deep dive, no matter how banal things turn out to be later, for a brief period it will show you something that not ordinarily films does.

And this also could have easily been its downfall, since the storytelling is high all the time, it could be difficult for the makers to create an arc on a dramatic point that is actually the peak of the film. Fortunately, the writer-director Harmony Korine has smartly invested a vivid and eerie empathy in Moondog for us to vote for him effervescently among the contenders given to us. This longingly hilarious cloak that McConaughey has been dying to put on in his acting career is foliated with a broad smile in his face, smooth voice and flamboyant body language throughout the film.

The supporting characters like Snoop Dogg and Isla Fisher have funny gags to invest while Jonah Hill, despite of sharing a few laughs, gets a more pragmatic character to play- of course compared to these non-sober personalities. In fact, the first act of the film, where the characters are introduced and equation formed with the Moondog, all these first visits remains the highlight of the film. The Beach Bum is confined in an impenetrable cell and yet it never grows dark, justifiably pathos and one long drag, but never cringingly dark, and no, the light whimsical background score has got nothing to do with it.
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TVJerryApr 3, 2019
Remember the character in Dazed & Confused that launched Matthew McConaughey's career? Fast forward 20 years and you get his evolution into Mooddog: a high-living, free-spirit poet who staggers thru life with a carefree attitude. This isRemember the character in Dazed & Confused that launched Matthew McConaughey's career? Fast forward 20 years and you get his evolution into Mooddog: a high-living, free-spirit poet who staggers thru life with a carefree attitude. This is McConaughey at his most indulgent: In almost every scene exposing his most outrageous self (and his butt cheeks). This rambling party from Harmony Korine revels in trying to be outrageous and excessive with little regard for narrative thrust or character development. On the bright side, the cinematography is lovely and Korine's direction is full of energy. The only comic turn that works is by Martin Lawrence, but the rest of the cast seems to be having fun. Audiences into excess partying and semi-absurd silliness might enjoy it. Expand
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RalfbergsAug 25, 2020
Different movie from others. It does have great cast and the role really fits to Matthew's style. Weird while interesting, stupid at times and sometimes feels like wanting to skip through, but yet watchable and I watched it all. The movie isDifferent movie from others. It does have great cast and the role really fits to Matthew's style. Weird while interesting, stupid at times and sometimes feels like wanting to skip through, but yet watchable and I watched it all. The movie is about bohemian type guy who has money, then loses access to it but tries to show that money doesn't matter while at same time at some points being worried about money. Anyway, in general weird a bit but watchable, just maybe not fully for me. Expand
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JLuis_001Apr 23, 2019
An uninhibited and fearless performance by Matthew McConaughey in a film that most of the time goes nowhere.

And it's not only based on the inability of the film to achieve more than getting lost in its own conformity with a story so thin
An uninhibited and fearless performance by Matthew McConaughey in a film that most of the time goes nowhere.

And it's not only based on the inability of the film to achieve more than getting lost in its own conformity with a story so thin and fragile. It's also because it feels dumb.

Harmony Korine usually receives much more credit than he deserves.
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ajzeg01Sep 20, 2019
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a strange movie. It has a strange story with strange characters with a strange structure. Now, I like strange movies, like The Big Lebowski (Which I feel this movie was trying to be like.), but I don’t know, I think this one might be a little too all over the place for my liking. Well, what’s the story? Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, a drunken pot smoking coke snorting womanizer. He is also a brilliant poet. He’s also married, but his wife is well aware of his habits and is 100% okay with them. They love each other very much. But one day, his wife dies in a car accident and leaves him and their daughter with her entire fortune. However, he isn’t getting any of the money until he matures and writes his novel. From there, Moondog kind of just wanders around from weird character and weird situation to another weird character and weird situation. It is very meandering and it doesn’t really have much of a focus. Now, The Big Lebowski is also pretty all over the place, but it had really strong characters, strong performances, a ton of great comedy and genuinely fascinating philosophy. I don’t feel like The Beach Bum really had that. A lot of the performances are fairly one-note and they got kind of old, such as the main character and his friend played by Snoop Dogg. The cast is very hit or miss. Zac Efron and Isla Fisher were good, but Jonah Hill wasn’t great. It’s a mixed bag. The movie has a good soundtrack, the editing had some personality, and this movie is very colourful. All the colours are super warm and nice to look at. It really does feel like chilling on the beach in the summertime. That’s another thing I enjoyed, I liked the laid-back chill vibe this movie has. I was never bored. I got some laughs out of this movie, but I wouldn’t say it was hilarious. I also appreciated that this movie was unapologetically trashy. There’s drugs and sex everywhere! Definitely not for kids! Overall, this movie is okay. It has some personality and some laughs, but it’s just a little bit too unfocused for me. Check it out if you like raunchy comedies, but otherwise just stick with The Big Lebowski. Expand
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