Movie #323 The Goonies
(1985, US, d. Richard Donner)
I had to follow one Speilberg with film with another. And though this film doesn’t have the esteemed director’s name as the directing credit, you can still feel the magic only Speilberg could bring on set to a film. The Goonies is one of those films that you watch as a child and the imprint never goes away. A producer I went to a Q&A for today stated that Speilberg is the only person to have a monopoly on art ever…even if it was just for five or so odd years. The Goonies comes right in the middle of that. It follows a group of misfit and outcast pre-teen friends – each with their own family problems – as they discover a map that may or may not lead to an incredible treasure. And the wonderful thing about this film is that never tricks you – the map does lead to treasure. At the heart of the film is the story about coming to terms with broken families and the loss of financial security in the eyes of a child. It’s a story filled with magic, humor, and wonderful action moments. It does a great job of holding suspense and is truly a fun film to watch. Again, if you watched this film as a child, you probably know what I mean.