Genre Grandeur – The Goonies (1985) – Encore Review 3 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Youth-Led Movies, here’s a review of The Goonies (1986) by Me.

Thanks again to Sally of 18 Cinema Lane for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights and we will be reviewing our favorite Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies.

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

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

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Is this supposed to be water?” – Mouth

“It’s wet, ain’t it? Drink it!” – Mama Fratelli

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’86, DVD, 2 Jun 2013, 24 May 2016, 12 May 2017 and 28 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends go on a quest to find a lost pirate treasure that is rumored to be buried near their town in order to stop land developers from taking their homes.

My Take on it – This is yet another of my childhood favorites that popped into my mind when Sally suggested this genre.

As a kid, I always dreamed of going on an adventure like these kids and it still remains among my favorite films of this genre.

The story is  an amazing adventure story that works so well on numerous levels.

The chemistry between the characters is great and we can truly believe that they have been close friend for years.

Producer Steven Spielberg, Director Richard Donner and Screenwriter Chris Columbus were able to create characters and situations that keep this story so much fun and suspenseful the whole way through.

The cast is superbly chosen and they help make their characters come to life right before us especially because we can believe the bond that they share throughout.

The antagonists – The Fratelli’s are also developed really well and we get to see how menacing they can be.

It’s even great to see the bickering and in-fighting between them because it adds so much realism to it all.

The story plays out in a great way and I love the way that these characters are constantly given clues to solve in order to reach the next step because it says so much about the characters and their puzzle solving abilities.

The fact that these characters are in this quest for altruistic reasons adds so much to the impact of this kind of story since they all just want to save their family homes.

This film is able to mix humor, drama and adventure really well and this helps lighten the mood of things a bit in order to be a constant reminder that this is a story being told from a kids perspective and we then get to see how kids would act in these kind of circumstances.

Bottom Line – Amazing adventure film that works so well. Spielberg, Donner and Columbus are able to create great characters and situations that keep things so suspenseful and fun the whole way through. The cast is superb and they make their characters come to life especially because we believe their friendship and camaraderie throughout. The Fratelli’s are a great addition to the story as a contrast to these innocent kids because we get to see how their personalities are all very devious especially when they fight and bicker among themselves. The story plays out really well and they do an amazing job giving clues to the characters to solve during their quest to save their family’s homes. The story has a great mixture of drama and humor which helps lighten the mood enough to remind us all that this is a kids film made form the perspective of how kids would act in these kind of situations. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The football players from Astoria High School had to shoot the tackling sequence in the opening scene 13 times, which is why the receiver is so muddy when he jumps up from being tackled. Later, they had to sign papers to keep from being credited. If they were credited, they would’ve had to accept wages, and wouldn’t have been able to play college football. The one who was tackled went on to have an impressive college football career. (From IMDB)

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


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