Stand By Me (1986) – Encore Review 5

“This is my age! I’m in the prime of my youth, and I’ll only be young once!” – 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, 30 Jul 2018 and 6 Oct 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A group of boys go on a quest to find the dead body of a missing boy with the hopes of becoming famous in their small town.

My Take on it – This is one of my all time favorite films and I have seen it so many times that I practically know it entirely by heart.

The way that this film creates and presents a coming of age tale is superbly done and the power of this story resonates so well no matter how many times one watches this film.

The characters are each developed expertly and we get a clear idea of who each of them are and what their goals are in life.

Throughout the course of this story, we get to know the characters so well that they become kids that we could conceivably have known and even been friendly with.

Each of the four main characters have very apparent quirks but that helps endear them to us even more as things move along.

The run time of nearly 90 minutes is perfect for this story and there are no scenes which feel as if they are dragged out at all.

The cast of this film is superbly chosen and each are perfect in their roles.

Corey Feldman , River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O’Connell ARE these characters and even after more than 30 years, that hasn’t changed one bit.

The dialogue in this film is expertly written and it helps the story and characters play out so well.

This is one of the very best (if not THE best) adaptation of aa Stephen King novel for the screen and retains almost everything in the book which keeps it so enjoyable and interesting throughout.

In addition, the message of this film about growing up and facing the various challenges that one must face during the journey through life.

Bottom Line – Amazing coming of age film that resonates so well no matter how many times one watches it. The characters are developed really well and throughout the course of the story, we get to know them so well that they seem like people we could know and be friendly with. Each of the four main characters have their own quirks which helps endear them to us even more. The movie isn’t dragged out at all and the lean 90 minutes is the perfect length for such a story.  The cast is superb and Phoenix, Feldman, O’Connell and Wheaton are all perfect for these roles.  The dialogue is perfect and keeps things so intriguing and enjoyable from start to finish.  One of the best (if not THE best) movie adaptation of a Stephen King novel since it stays so true to the book and is just as effective in the way that it gets its message across about growing up and facing challenges in life. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The pond the boys fall into was a man-made pool because the crew wanted them to be “safe and secure” and did not want to put them in a real pond because they did not know what would be in it. However, Corey Feldman stated in a interview that the joke of the whole thing was that they built and filled it with water in the beginning of June and by time they got to film the scene, it was the end of August. So it had been out in the woods for three months and they did not know what was in it anyway. (From IMDB)

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


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