MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#43 of 48) – Stand By Me (1986) – Encore Review 7

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #43 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this film for the first time at a friends house at a video night and was captivated from start to finish because of the great way that this story is told.

“The train had knocked Ray Brower out of his Keds the same way it had knocked the life out of his body.” – The Writer

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, 6 Oct 2019, 28 Jan 2020 and 27 Jan 2021)

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

Brief Synopsis – Four best friends go on a journey to find the dead body of a local boy who went missing a few weeks earlier.

My Take on it – Amazing film that is able to transport the viewer back to their childhood in order to help see things in a more innocent fashion. The cast is superb and the quartet of actors all showed how great they can be as actors. Wil Wheaton, Rover Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell all help embody these characters so well. The story is a journey of discovery on different levels as not only are these kids searching for a dead body, but they are also all searching for themselves along the way. The story unfolds in such a great way and it helps each of these character become more developed as things play out. The music and sets help make the viewer believe that they are truly watching a story from the past because of the innocent vie that resonates throughout. The narration by Richard Dreyfuss is also great because it helps anchor the story even more. Rob Reiner does an amazing job adapting this Stephen King novel for the screen and it remains IMHO, one of the best films of tens of adaptations of his work. This is a movie that I have seen so much over the years and it remains a film that despite knowing it by heart can rewatch and revisit these characters so often and never get tired of it. Can’t wait to see this again soon! Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During a 2016 oral history of this film in the trade publication “Variety”, Jerry O’Connell said that it was not until after he had already been dating Rebecca Romijn (who would become his wife) for many months that he learned she had been a devoted fan of the movie as a child (and she wasn’t the one to tell him). O’Connell said, “I’m married to Rebecca Romijn, a beautiful model. She’s way out of my league, a million times out of my league. About three months into dating, my wife is from Berkeley, and I went up there to meet her high school friends. We got a little drunk and her high school best friend said to me, ‘You know, “Stand by Me” is Rebecca’s favorite movie of all time. You know she had posters of it all over her room growing up’. She never told me that.” (From IMDB)

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


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