childhood movies;The Goonies Evaluation

ENG 121 Andrew Drick The Goonies It came from my cousin Charles who said the Goonies was one of his favorite childhood movies. After all the research I did and questions I asked I can say without a doubt that this movie is the greatest movie I have ever seen. How else can he say something like that? The fact is that he must not have had a good imagination as a kid. I cant explain what “it” is but when you sit back and experience a movie with “it”, it will be forever instilled in your memory. Just look at some of the classic films of that decade. The Goonies is true art for our time.

Watching it again almost brought tears to his eyes as he was drawn frame after frame of the drama and suspense. Its such a great story about how friends should stick together no matter what, and how together anything can be done. My mother said she had never seen a worse film in her life. From the clothes, the hair, and the music (by none other then Cyndi Lauper) it just screams the 80s, a time in my opinion when people knew how to have fun and honored great cinematography. My friend Jake says that the Goonies is “one of the worst legitimate films ever made”, I think he was drunk or something.

I mean this movie does everything a great movie is supposed to do, and does it ten times better. I almost forgot the most important part about this movie, the fact that it was directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. Everyone had a friend like Data, the smart kid with the imagination to match his IQ, and who can forget Chunk who was the fat, clumsy, funny, but lovable friend who you could always count on for a laugh. This movie captures all the magic of the imagination and makes kids want to be kids forever, sort of like Peter Pan did for its audience. ad feedback

Misfits Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood — unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that’s quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed “One-Eyed” Willy’s hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence “Chunk” Cohen, Clark “Mouth” Devereaux, Andrea “Andy” Carmichael, Stefanie “Stef” Steinbrenner, and Richard “Data” Wang, calling themselves The Goonies; set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood.

The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the house of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, (who just recently broke out of prison) and the severely disfigured Lotney “Sloth” Fratelli that mama Fertelli and her sons keep chained up in a dark cavernous room with only a small T. V. to keep him occupied. Sloth befriends the Goonies and decides to help them in spite of what his Fratelli family tells him to do. Produced by Stephen Spielberg, the Goonies have everything a family film could ever ask for; Ups, downs, magic, mystery, action and even love.

This is all around a feel good movie. That will leave you wishing you were a kid again. Different from what Stephen Spielberg usually does in most of his gritty sci-fi movies: where most of the problems are aliens or something supernatural, he delivers right on que with an instant knock out “cult classic” movie. Talking about a great film is one thing, but sitting there watching for yourself how inspiring the characters are and feeling every amazing moment of a film is another. I strongly recommend if you have not seen this movie to go out and see it. It just may change your life.