A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with. Beach Rats is directed by Eliza Hittman under Cinereach, Animal Kingdom & Secret Engine.
CAST: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff, Douglas Davis, Erik Potempa & J. Stephen Brantley.
WHAT I LIKE?
Beach Rats gave Call Me by Your Name a run for its money. Comparing the two masterpieces, Beach Rats gave a darker and more realistic approach towards discovering one’s sexuality. Set in chaotic rural area where there is sex, drugs, poverty & violence, Beach Rats thrive effectively as a coming-of-age film that focuses on the main character’s journey towards curiosity as well battling with unsettled emotions and family issues on the side. With the combination of these kinds of emotions, the spark of curiosity has foster. As the character struggles in his sexuality and his unique attraction to older men through a gay site, he is also trying to balance his other elements as rebellious teenager trying to survive a very difficult environment. I can see so many emotions in the film. The setting of the plot was brilliantly-executed and for me it really realistic and relatable as a whole. The journey in discovering one’s sexuality is never too easy and sure to begin with. What I like about Beach Rats is it didn’t give a too-good-to-be-true ending nor it gave a definite conclusion to the character’s problems & conflicts. It left us hanging. Just like the main character, we are unsure. Journeys like this will always be unsure. That’s the beauty of it. Beach Rats was able to justify its premise well by being not too conventional in the last part. Harris Dickenson deserves an award for his effective portrayal in the film.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
Due to its theme, Beach Rats contains scenes not suitable for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
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