(Nia Long, Idina Menzel, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2017 / LGF)
Overview: Relive the powerful story of lifelong friendship in an all-new remake of the classic movie when 'Beaches' arrives on DVD at Walmart on May 9th from Lionsgate.
DVD Verdict: Well, I have to say I loved this new remake. Indeed, I loved it so much I passed it along to a friend to watch, who has subsequently passed it along to her parents. A remake of the 1988 original movie starring Bette Milder as CC Bloom and Barbara Hershey as Hilary, Tony Award® winner Idina Menzel's rendition of Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" was amazing and sung so beautifully. The film retells the story of a friendship between two women from different backgrounds that spans from childhood to adulthood and also serves up Nia Long in such a role one wonders if they held off remaking this all these years just to ensure she would be available to film it.
Indeed, NAACP Image Award Winner Nia Long's portrayal of Hillary Whitney was great, like Barbra Hershey in the original film her character goes through many changes beginning with befriending CC Bloom who wants to be a star to becoming a lawyer, wife and then eventually a single mother is handled well.
Fellow cast members Gabriella Pizzolo, Grace Capeless, Antonio Cupo, Colin Lawrence, Sanai Victoria , Jodi Capeless and Donny Lucas rounded out the cast perfectly.
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 (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles when she is discovered by a director who gives her her first big shot. Hillary (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. Much like this movie remake, watching it will sustain your viewing needs delightfully - even if it is only for 90 minutes a day. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.