The Goonies

so here I am finally with my first movie review (something I may do more of in the future) and ah yeah, I’m talking about The Goonies

The Goonies is such a ridiculously lionized film among people around my age that it can be hard to separate the movie itself from it’s reputation (I find this to befall a lot of 80’s classics as a matter of fact), few kid’s films from the last 30 years inspire such warm feelings, it’s easy to see why it’s so well regarded because it really is a great movie

I really don’t need to explain the plot do I?

anyway it’s been a long time since I’ve last seen this movie and I consequently forgot most of the beginning of it, although I remember the movie after the kids reach the caves pretty well unsurprisingly, I of course saw this movie a bunch of times as a kid, I remember thinking it was one of the best movies I ever saw, second only to Jurassic Park (which I watched my beloved VHS of on an almost daily basis)

watching The Goonies you can see elements of all the lame kid’s movies to come afterward, but what makes The Goonies a classic is the simple fact that all the young actors deliver great performances that really make them seem believable as real kids, there is a little cussing (nothing worse than shit), but it only makes seem more believable because that’s how kids really talk, it’s also hilarious to see such a young Josh Brolin in the movie

lastly when they discover the pirate ship is such a great sequence, it’s comparable to when the main characters in the Hayao Miyazaki movie Castle in The Sky, it’s a fascinating and exciting place that makes you wish you could explore it yourself, all the skeletons on it who apparently died in a struggle tell an interesting untold tale and the fact that the whole ship is a real pre CGI set only makes it cooler, as a matter of fact I do wish there were more scenes of the kids exploring the ship

as a bonus I’ll throw in a quick review of another beloved 80’s kid’s movie The Monster Squad, like The Goonies, Monster Squad is a childhood favorite for many, but it also happens to be way more obscure than The Goonies, I never saw it as a kid and only just saw it for the first time earlier this year on blu ray, my overwhelming thought watching the movie was “man, I really would have loved this as a kid”, but it never played on television and I never stumbled upon the VHS in any video store, I’m actually curious how so many people managed to see this one as kids

it’s very hard to have an unbiased opinion on which movie is better since one I saw as a kid and the other I didn’t, but Monster Squad certianly holds it’s own against The Goonies and is rightfully regarded as a classic, for one thing Monster Squad is definitely edgier and more politically incorrect than The Goonies, it has just as much cussing, a scene where one of the kids spies on another kid’s teenage sister in her pink underwear (a scene I definitely would have found particularly fascinating as a kid), there’s even a scene where one of the kids flat outs shoots and kills one of the monsters with a shotgun! can you even imagine a scene like that in a modern kid’s movie? plus it treats the monsters (Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, Frankenstein and The Creature From The Black Lagoon) as legitimately scary threats (save for when Frankenstein becomes friendly later on) and not just silliness

overall both are great, but I think I’m gonna have to give the nod to The Goonies for having a better score and better acting

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