Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Goonies – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
1985 saw Richard Donner’s classic kids’ movie arrive on the big screen. The Goonies was successful on release but not the box office smash you may have thought. Over the years the film has gained more and more popularity behind the status of being a cult classic thanks to repeated showings on TV. It has remained a firm favourite among movie fans and is still consider one of the best children’s flicks from the 80s. So why has it maintained its strong popularity?
The casting is the top reason I believe, such a rich cast with great chemistry onscreen, it’s hard to dislike this group of kids. The comedy works extremely well thanks to the loud mouthed eating machine Chunk. The Goonies certainly hasn’t dated with its storytelling. It mixes Indiana Jones with Pirates and Richard Donner creates such a great atmosphere in the movie that, when you watch it, it brings back many fond memory of being a kid again.
Let’s a take a trip back to the 80s and see why The Goonies still remains a classic to this day.