Welcome to my Flashback Movie Challenge. The goal here is to re-watch movies from your youth that you loved back then and see if you and your “young self from yesteryear” can agree on your opinion of this movie or whether years of new perspectives have changed those feelings.
If you would like to participate in this, feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your review so I can post it. It’s very important that you show the similarities or differences between the you of now and the you of then.
Good luck to all!!!! I look forward to seeing how we all fare.
To continue my challenge, I present you with my review of Caravan of Courage – An Ewok Adventure (1984), this movie was one of my favorites growing up and I have very fond memories of it.
Now, on to the review…..
Number of Times Seen – too many to count (1984, numerous times of cable and video, 5 April 2009 and 7 Jan 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A young boy and girl stranded on the moon of Endor enlist the help of the Ewoks to save their parents who have been kidnapped by a monster called Gorax.
My Take on it – I have always loved everything Star Wars; I have read almost all the novels, seen all the movies numerous times over and over and know a lot more about the SW Universe than one person probably should know 🙂
This movie came out a year after Return of the Jedi (1983) in order to try and capitalize on its success.
As a 10 year old, I was so happy to see this movie and enjoyed it immensely because I got to once again see the loveable creatures known as Ewoks. The adventure reminded me of a Dungeons and Dragons type quest. Of course, it being part of the Star Wars universe also intrigued me at the time.
Watching it now, I can’t really believe how much I liked it back then. The story is completely silly and it’s very interesting how quickly the Ewoks and the kids figure out how to communicate with each other.
The special effects are very mediocre (even for the mid-80’s and you can see the stop motion animation is jumpy).
Having a ten year old son, I can’t imagine for a second that he would be interested in seeing this movie because it moves so slowly.
The only thing this movie has going for it is the fact that it takes place in the Star Wars universe, but even that can’t save it unfortunately.
Bottom Line – Silly story that I liked as a kid, but I doubt kids today would be enthralled at all by it. Pretty boring.
Rating – Razzie Worthy
Overall, I think that in this case my younger self and me would disagree on this one. My younger self loved it for its story and effects, I, on the other hand, can only appreciate the idea of returning to a galaxy far far away for 90 minutes, but the sense of wonder and adventure are gone for me.
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