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I have a love/hate relationship with the movie Beaches. The original that is. I love it so much but it makes me cry so hard that I hate it. If you have seen the original you know what I mean. It is a movie full of emotion that really socks it to you. So when I was given the chance to check out the remake I jumped at it.
The Official Synopsis:
In this contemporary remake, Beaches follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Idina Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles when she is discovered by a director who gives her first big shot. Hillary (Nia Long), the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer, struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship — even with its ups and downs — sustains them for decades. Gabriella Pizzolo, Grace Capeless, Jodi Capeless, Sanai Victoria, and Antonio Cupo costar.
This is a pretty good remake as far as remakes go. I think I personally prefer the original but that is a personal thing. This one does include performances by Menzel of iconic songs from the original movie such as “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” in addition to Menzel’s new original song, “Last Time.” She did a beautiful job performing each one. I am a Bette Midler fan and I just don’t think anyone could do as well as she did. Although Menzel is not horrible. I will say that I liked Nia Long much better in the role of Hillary. However just like the original I cried and cried at then end.