Genre Grandeur July Finale – Stand By Me (1986) – Encore Review 4 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations, here’s a review of Stand By Me (1986) by Me

In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap

  1. The Bridge on the River Kwai -(1957) – Ryan
  2. The Andromeda Strain (1971) – Carl
  3. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) – SG
  4. Die Hard (1988) – Rob
  5. Odd Thomas (2013) – Darren
  6. We Were Soldiers (2002) – Simon
  7. The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – Rob
  8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) – Vern
  9. Fahrenheit 451 (2018) – Keith
  10. Stand By Me (1986) – Rob

In addition, I watched and reviewed 13 movies for my companion series Genre Guesstimation.  Two of them will now be considered among my favorites of the genre.

  1. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
  2. The Music of Chance (1993)
  3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
  4. Centennial (1978) *
  5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) *
  6. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
  7. The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009)
  8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009)
  9. Twilight (2008)
  10. Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
  11. Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
  12. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I (2011)
  13. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II (2012)

Thanks again to Satu of FairyTale Pictures for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Richard!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Yeah, by the time we get there, the kid won’t even be dead anymore.” – Teddy

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (1st time was at a video night with friends in ’87, video, cable, 13 Oct 1992, DVD, 17 April 2013, 2 Mar 2015, 7 Oct 2015, 25 Sep 2016 and 30 Jul 2018)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Four young boys take a journey to find the dead body of a local kid that went missing hoping to gain fame for their discovery.

My Take on it – This film has been among my favorites ever since I saw it not long after it came out when I was probably 13.

This remains one of the best film adaptations of a novel because both are able to develop the characters so well.

This book was written by Stephen King and is one of his best.

His ability to develop characters so deeply helps the viewer understand these kids and why they have chosen to take this journey.

The cats is superb with River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell all giving great performamnces are the quad of kids.

The chemistry between them is so realistic and it grows even deeper during their quest as we learn more and more about their lives.

This film gives off a very nostalgic feel the entire time and makes the viewer yearn for the days of innocence because they are captured so well here on film.

This is among the best films ever made IMHO.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is among the best adaptations to screen from the page.  King wrote a great story that translate so well to the screen and through both, we can become so familiar with these kids because they are developed so well along their journey. The cast is superb with Phoenix, Wheaton, Feldman and O’Connell having such amazing chemistry throughout their quest. Gives off a very nostalgic feel that makes one reminisce about the days of innocence because they are captured so amazingly here.  One of the best films ever made. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Kiefer Sutherland claimed in an interview that in one of the locations of the film, a Renaissance Fair was being held and the cast and crew attended and bought some cookies. Unfortunately, the cookies turned out to be pot cookies and two hours later, the crew found Jerry O’Connell crying and high on the cookies somewhere in the park. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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