Director: Rachel Ward
Writer: Joanna Murray-Smith, Rachel Ward (Screenplay)
Starring: Bryan Brown, Richard E Grant, Aaron Jeffery, Jaqueline McKenzie, Heather Mitchell, Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, Claire Van Der Boom
Plot: Lifelong friends reunite for a party at Sydney’s Palm Beach.
Tagline – Some friendships last a lifetime, some secrets don’t.
Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Palm Beach starts as the lifelong friends Frank (Brown), Billy (Grant) and Leo (Neill) reunited with their families for a summer break, where the friends look to keep the differences aside, while new secrets came out, while their wives look at how they have changed too. The more time the friends spend together, the more moments that make people proud, jealous and regretfully about their own lives.
Thoughts on Palm Beach
Final Thoughts – Palm Beach does show us how life will bring you close to people that will always be part of your life, seeing how you can spend time away from each other and still be able to catch up on the life you have spent apart, we also get to see how despite a lifelong friends, you will still have secrets from each other. The performances in the film are strong throughout, it is more about that fact we have too many characters who seem to have all intertwined into each other’s lives, rather than just a friendships, we would expect to see from both sides of the story. By the end of the story, you will feel like this doesn’t bring the connection it wants to and ends up being just another reunited movie that we have seen similar things from before.