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I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Stand by Me (1986) Review

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Gordie Lachance a writer is about to take us on an adventure back when he was 12 years old and the first time he saw a dead body.

I have had this film on Blu Ray in my collection for a very long time now but had not got round to actually watching the film. I decided to change that and watch it on the 30th Anniversary of its release, thanks to my Posteritty calendar which was key dates in film on it! I had obviously heard a lot about the film being one of the best not only from the 80s but the best coming of age dramas about.

Gordie along with his friends Chris, Teddy and Vern all decide to head off on an adventure to see a dead body. Along the way the friendship is tested as each of them have personal issues to deal with as well. Helping each other along the way, as well as constantly fighting. All four of the main characters were carried by brilliant performances from the young actors and I am sure that is a big thing in why this film is still such a big hit and held in high regard.

Showing that the friends you have as a child really could be so much better than the friends you will have when you are an adult. Because let’s face it when you don’t have adventures and events what is a friendship actually built on? I thought that was a rather impressive aspect of the story telling and allowing you to think back to your own childhood and what you used to get up to with friends. Although this is massively aimed at boys and being in a “gang” everyone can still think of some crazy stories when at that age.

Each of the boys had a pressure to deal with Gordie was trying to come to terms with the death of his older brother and then his father not paying any attention to him at all. Chris is well accused of doing everything wrong imaginable and convinced he will be trapped in the small town forever. Teddy’s father is not around anymore after beating and that has had a massive impact on his life in so many ways. Vern well he was the fat one in the group and put across as rather pathetic. All together though they create a well balanced group bringing out the best and sometimes worst in each other with the ideas. The train track bridge scene certainly has to be mentioned!

While having to worry about personal problems and what it will actually be like to see a dead body they must also watch out for some older boys who have the same aim to find the body and get the credit for it. This again shows something that everyone goes through in childhood as the older groups try to tell you what to do all of the time and rule over everything. So I can now fully understand why so much hype still surrounds this film as it really fits everything together so well in summing up parts of your childhood and how friendships will always mean so much even if that person does not continue to be in your life anymore.

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13 responses

  1. Good review, I’m glad you finally got around to seeing this. It’s definitely a great movie and I agree with you that it touches on childhood and adolescence in a way that feels authentic and endearing. Certainly one of Rob Reiner’s best films.

    August 8, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    • Caz

      I’m really pleased I eventually made the effort as well. I should challenge myself to watch a Blu Ray/dvd that I have and not seen the film, and mix it in with watching Netflix or Amazon!

      August 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      • I feel that. I have a pretty substantial stack of DVDs and Blu-Rays I still haven’t seen, plus films I have scene but want to rewatch (for both pleasure and analysis), and then there’s all the unseen gems I get from the library on Turner Classic Movies. So many movies.

        August 8, 2016 at 10:38 pm

        • Caz

          I know so many! I’m pleased I am not the only one who has so many unwatched Dvd’s and Blu Rays!

          August 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

          • Definitely not…I have a pile of those unwatched ones too. Just like the pile of unread books. One day…one day 😉
            Believe it or not…”Stand by Me” is one of those although I recall seeing bits of it when it came out.

            August 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm

  2. One of my all time faves, beautifully shot, amazing chemistry between the lead kids, gets the nostalgia going every time! Nice review 🙂

    August 9, 2016 at 1:57 am

    • Caz

      Very impressive performances from all four of them!

      August 9, 2016 at 8:08 am

  3. So happy you enjoyed this. It is one of my all-time favorites. What a brilliant piece of film, this is.

    August 9, 2016 at 3:28 am

    • Caz

      So pleased I eventually made the effort!

      August 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

  4. I like the review! Man, I love this movie. Gotta rewatch it now, thanks!

    August 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    • Caz

      I think you should to celebrate 30 years of it!

      August 10, 2016 at 6:50 pm

  5. One of my favorite movies! Great post!

    August 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    • Caz

      Thanks 😊

      August 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm

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