Palm Beach Review
Palm Beach is a story of resilience, hope and the needs in life as a mature age adult and facing the reality of aging and all the insecurities that come along with it. It’s a family affair for the movie with Rachel Ward as Director, husband Bryan Brown, one of the lead characters Frank as well as real life daughter Matilda Brown playing onscreen daughter Ella. It’s a full-on cast of a mature aged who’s who in the acting world with Greta Scacchi (Charlotte), Sam Neill (Leo), Jacqueline McKenzie (Bridget), Richard E Grant (Grant) and Heather Mitchell (Eva).
The storyline is a tried and tested one with a group of friends coming together for a weekend long birthday celebration as the main plot. It’s getting the band (Pacific Sideburns) back to together for old times’ sake where secrets unfold and some harsh realities of the past test the bounds of friendship and the wounds of life are faced.
There’s great scenery of the Northern Beaches of Sydney to keep you gasping at the views and amazing houses on offer in the area as well as a great chemistry between the actors. While it’s almost a predictable film it does give an insight to old friendships and aging but more from an affluent group of friends than us common folk. There’s plenty to keep you amused for the whole film but it doesn’t break any new ground. It’s more of a fun movie about old people.
Palm Beach is now screening at Palace Prospect cinemas.