Tuesday 13 December at 7pm
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
The Beach Bum, Harmony Korine, 2019, 95m
Miami. The latest film from Harmony Korine (Gummo, Trash Humpers, Spring Breakers) is a stoner comedy about the adventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) a pothead poet made homeless by his family in an attempt to finally force him to finish a new work. Resisting his obligations, Moondog encounters the addled underbelly of Florida and its denizens. With Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill and Isla Fischer.
The Beach Bum is many things. Always a comedy. A semi-autobiographical mea culpa from Korine and his own dissipation. Sometimes a study in white male privilege (see the previous sentence.) And an odd lysergic film that is as committed to the film’s neon trash cinematography and post-Malick editing patterns as any of the above. A Florida Keys pastoral.
With thanks to Universal