The death of childhood.
Stand By Me is probably the best film ever to come from a Stephen King
story. (The Green Mile sucks, by the way.) The story is told from an
adult writer's point of view as he recounts an adventure he shared with
his three best friends in the waning moments of the summer before
junior high school began. We see the four boys head out into the
wilderness to see the dead body of a boy who was apparently hit by a
train. The boys encounter bullies, other trains, leeches, vicious dogs,
and many other things on their trip. And they have some pretty deep and
emotional conversations along the way.
This is a very awkward age in the life of a young man. You can tell by
listening to their conversation topics which range from boobs to
whether or not Mighty Mouse can beat up Superman. The youngsters are
portrayed flawlessly by four terrific young actors. Who would have
thunk that Jerry O'Connell would turn out to be the most successful of
them? At times they laugh, other times they pick on each other.
Sometimes they seem on the verge of fighting, but when challenged by
the older gang of bullies, they stick together. Richard Dreyfuss, who
plays the adult writer, narrates the action as things move along. Their
trip is full of surprises and emotional insight.
Stand By Me is not quite a classic in my book, but it is very
memorable. The script is a little too pessimistic for my liking. Right
down to when River Phoenix describes an incident where he's caught
stealing milk money from school, and his teacher ends up keeping it for
herself. There is also a complete lack of positive supporting
characters during the scenes set back when they were kids. Only John
Cusack, in a cameo role, is shown as a positive older character. No
wonder these kids felt so unwanted! All the adults around them were
jerks! The script uses more swear words than are actually necessary to
convey the anger these kids sometimes feel. And you'd think any dead
body that had been hit by a train would be more damaged than the one
they find out in the woods. Wouldn't this kid have heard the train
coming in time and jumped well out of the way? If he was trying to kill
himself, then you'd think he would have stood in the way and been
completely pulverized. I know these may seem like petty beefs, but they
are enough to knock the review down a star or two.
It seems like the film is trying to portray the dead Brower boy as the
death of these kids' innocence or something to that effect. As someone
who's been their age, I can understand some of what they were feeling.
And I totally agree that some of the people you thought were your best
friends eventually just turn out to be faces in the crowd at school a
few years later.
Despite it's faults, this is a powerful film you aren't likely to
forget. It's one of Reiner's best, and the outstanding cast does some
wonderful work themselves.
8 of 10 stars.
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And its still my favorite movie! Everythings been said and done about this movie. But I just thought I would put my own opinion on it. I'm 14 years old. I seen this movie for the first time this summer. And I bought it. After that, I've watched it over 50 times. I showed it to all my friends, they all watched it. They also, all loved it. So I thought I'd just mention how this movie, which was probably my grandmothers favorite movie back in the day, can still be popular for kids my age. It makes me wish i lived in those days, it makes me want to be a part of their gang. With "Chris Chambers", and all of those unique and hilarious characters. It makes me want to have my own adventure like they did. I recommend this movie to everyone! Because I think everyone will like it just as much as I did.. Also I recommended Download Free The Spirit Of '43 Movie.
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this movie is an awesome selection for a good, classic movie for the family!!.
Absolute Classisc... THis boyhood drama and comedy will bring you back to the time when you were growing up going on "awesome" adventures with your friends getting into stuff you had no business being a part of and acting older than you actually were. The scenes are played out very well by the young actors and portray life as a kid and the introspective thoughts we had at a young age. Must See..
Saw this movie and it's awesome... so much about growing up.
Absolutly beautiful, deffinitly from the mind of mr. King.
un clasico .
Another cinematic great
It's been a really long time since I'd seen an actual good movie, and
for me to pass up a classic like this would not only go against my
principles, but it might as well be a mortal sin.
There are many reasons to like this movie... and not just because it's
based on a Stephen King novel, but also because it practically mirrors
a time in all our lives. That, and because narrative movies have always
The only real disappointment is that these kinds of movies tend to have
the same problem: they're not as lengthy as many people would like.
I shouldn't have to even give one of my verdicts, but it's a specialty
9 out of 10.