January 22, 2021 By John

Danny Boyle Masterpieces


I personally like Danny Boyle’s works because they often depict true story or rather explores a peculiar plot that is usually unexplored. It is his unique technique of showcasing unusual and sensitive events in an appealing way that attracts me. I have listed some of the Danny Boyle masterpieces that I thoroughly enjoyed.

127 Hours: Going by his trademarks, Danny Boyle illuminates a peculiar plot in the movie, for which the choice of cast also seems proper. The agonizing story of a how an American mountain climber finally escapes a near-death experience from one of his trips to the canyons at Utah, is skilfully depicted by James Franco. Script, order of dialogues and cinematography play crucial roles in the movie, as the movie primarily revolves around the lead actor trapped inside a cave. Scenes are mainly shot in a self-portray mode that works in favour of the movie, rendering it an authentic look and feel. Franco’s expressions, at some point of time, are bound to make you feel the frustration of being sucked into oblivion, where you know you are the only one to help yourself out. Being based on true story, the movie righteously pays a tribute that is praiseworthy.

Trainspotting: The struggle of a British drug-addict to get rid of his habit and how his relationships with his friends and family flutter in the process is brilliantly portrayed by Danny Boyle through the lead actor, Evan McGregor. I consider this one of Boyle’s finest works. Though the movie is dark and deals with a controversial topic, what makes this an enjoyable watch is the sheer expertise of the director to handle such a sensitive topic in an aesthetic manner. Boyle is aptly supported by the likes of McGregor and the rest of the supporting cast. The utter sense of frustration, which the friends go through while undergoing the heroin withdrawal process, is prudently demonstrated on the silver screen.

The movie has its elements of anguish as evident from some of the scenes such as the dying HIV infected friend or the dying infant. For the sake of the plot’s sanctity, these elements were necessary to an extent. Even though the movie delivers lessons of morality, viewer discretion is recommended for the extremity of the theme.

The Beach: Being a DiCaprio fan, I was not that disappointed with the movie like some of the hard-pressing critics. It seems that many did not view the movie in a manner intended by director Danny Boyle. The core concept of the movie – a nicotine-addicted American backpacker finding a map to a wonder island at a Thailand hotel and the events accompanying the adventurous search – generates the much-needed adrenaline rush. It is the very thought of an unlimited supply of marijuana that brings DiCaprio and 2 of his friends to the island, whose leader eventually allows them to become part of their secret community. The descent of insanity on DiCaprio, though abrupt, was quiet believable. Breach of trust, love and friendship mired with bursts of insanity is what sets the movie apart from other movies on similar themes. However, a punch of unpredictability and a bit more convincing climax would have done wonders to the film at large. Nevertheless, the movie treads on a path not often undertaken by many and it remains a solid watch from that point of view.