Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Goonies Never Say Die!

It was a perfect storm... The kids were finally fast asleep and I had finished my chores for the evening. I was faced with 2 whole hours of unscheduled time.  What was I to do?

Well, watch the HD copy of The Goonies that recently fell into my lap, of course!

The year was 1985... I was 10...

Directed by Richard Donner, produced by Steven Spielberg and written by then relative unknown writer (soon to be director) Chris Columbus...

I was just beginning to form what would become my overwhelming love of all things cinema...

The cast was a mix of then unknown child actors (Cory Feldman was the only one who had a real acting career prior to The Goonies) and character actors...

My love of Star Wars was firmly in place and I had been driven to tears 3 summers prior by the magic that was another Spielberg creation... E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial...

That year would become an amazing year for movies.  It would be the year that I started to see a lot of movies in the theater rather than on HBO or through home video.  Out of all the movies that I saw that year ultimately, it was this one that still to this day holds a special place in my collection.

The Goonies seemed to designed to be Indiana Jones for kids and what really amazes me is how well the film holds up 27 years after it's release.  It is still so much fun to watch.  Even more so now that I have seen so many more movies since this one was released.  It was a treat to see a much younger Joe Pantoliano and Robert Davi flexing their comedic muscles.

I think that for a lot of movie goers my age The Goonies presented a story that was for us without pandering or talking down to us.  The actors were around the age that they played in the film and being close to that age myself it was the first movie where I felt a real connection with the characters.  I went on that adventure with them and truly shared in their victory.


Side Note: One of my favorite scenes...


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