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Shangri-la 90210
written by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 1:49 PM PDT
Genesis meets "Lord of the Flies." I enjoyed a good part of this unexceptional parable about the expulsion from Eden. Our narrator quickly learns that lotus-eating doesn't equip a society very well to deal with misfortune. But the director never even begins to come to grips with how a Utopian society might function if it acknowledged babies, aging, or disease: these young people have challenges enough with petty sexual jealousy and simple injuries. (They import AAA batteries from the evil outside world, but no one thinks of laying in stocks of antibiotics or morphine. Lucky for them, pregnancy is an issue that simply never comes up, despite the 24-hour-a-day free love.) Having given a little spasmodic attention to a few serpents in the garden, the director runs out of intellectual steam and lets the movie drift around in confusion. Our hero rejoins modern society armed with the predictable insight that a mindless pursuit of pleasure isn't the answer to everything, but seemingly with no further notions of what might work better.

The film is worth renting for the first half, but you can safely eject it and go to bed as soon as (I'll try not to spoil the plot) some people carry a guy out into the woods.

For Fans of Pretentious Narration
written by zeroplusone January 8, 2006 - 12:55 AM PST
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YYet another story of people with 0% body fat and their problems. Am I supposed to believe that Leonardo DiCaprio needs to resort to traveling alone and stealing someone else's girlfriend? Am I also supposed to believe that after arranging a trip to this island they could not at the very least find a way of getting over to it other than swimming? Am I also supposed to believe that if you stumble across a huge field of pot in a foreign country you don't think to yourself "Hey, this must belong to someone who will shoot me if they find me here, so I'd better get the hell out of here!"? By the end of the film Leonardo DiCaprio has stolen someone's girlfriend, cheated on her, and indirectly responsible for getting four people killed. DiCaprio's character, Richard is nothing more than a selfish, whiny little jerk (to be polite) that would have been better off getting shot in the head. But hey maybe the book is better.

written by bongeth February 11, 2004 - 11:16 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
a piece of shyet. tilda swinton, I'm suddenly unenamoured of you.

just read the book
written by ggsuperhero August 18, 2003 - 3:27 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
i should have learned my lesson: never ever read the book right before watching the movie. as for the movie itself, it didnt do much for me. the story was not put together well & the acting was mediocre. it's basically just a lame "hollywoodization" of an excellent book.


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