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/

 

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The Lost Boys is by far one of my favourite films, not just out of 80’s films but from films in general. The film is based around a group of rebellious vampires living in Santa Carla, America that recruit new-boy in town Michael. This film does have some slightly gory parts but for a horror film based on vampires this can be expected. Kiefar Sutherland played the role of David, the main leader in the small group of bloodsuckers and his performance in this film is outstanding. Jason Patric on the other hand who played Michael was, in my opinion,  quite obviously chosen to play Michael because of his looks. He is a typical ’80’s bad boy’ and didn’t add much to the overall film. Despite his lacking talent in the acting side of things he didn’t actually do a bad job overall. It was my mum who introduced me to The Lost Boys as one of her favourites and this new idea of badboy vampires that ‘sleep all day and party all night’ was beyond exciting for my 12 year old mind. I think this film is one of the more underrated films of the 80’s and even though the special effects are lacking it is a classic 80’s film that anyone and everyone should watch.

 

Here’s a link to the IMDB ‘Lost Boys’ page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093437/?ref_=nm_knf_i1