Stand By Me

This was an 80’s film I was wary about watching as it is renowned for its emotional story line and I am a very emotional person. However, as I am on a mission it had to be watched, and, as always this film features both Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland.

The main plotline of this film is four twelve year old boys who set off on a two-day journey to find the body of a missing boy so that they will get to be on television and praised for finding his body. It does become clear however that this film is actually about the boys own journey of self-discovery rather than their physical journey.

All of these boys have a reason for going on the journey. Chris wants to be seen for something good rather than causing a fight or getting into trouble, Teddy wants to rid himself of his ‘crazy’ stereotype and his abusive father who burned Teddy’s ear off on a hot stove, Gordie wants to be seen as useful and not just the ‘quiet boy’ that trails behind his friends, and Vern wants his mum to stop treating him as though he is invisible and to accept that his brother is dead.

This film is packed full of life lessons and would most definitely bring a tear to anyone’s eye, the acting from the four young men is phenomenal and I would insist that anyone who has read this blog post to watch Stand by Me as you will most definitely not be disappointed.

 

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Here’s the link to the IMDB page – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092005/

 

The Goonies

 

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This classic film is hard to fault, it has friendship, adventure, danger and even a little bit of romance. Written by Steven Spielberg it features Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Josh Brolin.

Rich developers decide to demolish a housing estate to make way for a golf course and the residents can’t afford the money to buy the land their homes sit on therefore they all face eviction.

When a group of friends discover an old treasure map created by the famous pirate ‘One Eyed Willy’ they embark on an adventure in the hope that they will find the treasure to pay for the land and save their homes.

John Matuszak is unrecognisable as ‘Sloth’ who is a badly deformed man kept chained and a secret by his criminal mother and two brothers. He is an apparent villain until the realisation that he is a ‘good guy’ is made solid with his famous one liner “hey you guys”. Here is a clip of that one-liner and Sloth’s heroic scene where he saves the kids from the bad guys.

Amongst the group of friends there is leader Mikey, geeky Data, vain Mouth, Brand Mikey’s older brother, Andy Brand’s love interest and Stef Andy’s best friend.

And of course any group of friends is not complete without a joker. This role is filled by Chunk, a young boy with a massive love for food and extravagant lies that no one ever believes, like the time Michael Jackson’s sister went to his house to use the toilet. It is Chunk that first befriends Sloth and eventually takes him home to care for him showing that even though he is an extravagant liar he does has a heart of gold.

It is impossible to sum this film up with one word but it is also hard to find fault in it and it is up there with the greatest films of the 80s.

Here is a link to the IMDB page – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089218/