Bea’s review published on Letterboxd:
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”
It’s a fine Tuesday evening, and I am rewarding myself for finishing all of my due tasks this week by watching this heartwarming film! Stand By Me has been sitting on my watchlist for quite awhile now, and I’ve been meaning to watch it ever since I got to know Wil Wheaton from The Big Bang Theory (sorry Star Trek fans). I merely thought today would be a normal night watching this coming-of-age flick, but little did I know I have found a new comfort film to help me get through rough times in my life. This was very reminiscent of the TV series The Wonder Years, encapsulating the euphoric bliss of youth and the indelible friendships that go along with it. My heartstrings have never been tugged this way in such a long time by a film.
I’ll just leave it at that. Life has been challenging me lately, but this film came at the right time by being a constant reminder of the good things and the good people in my life. Like a beacon of light, Stand By Me has guided me towards the realization that there’s more to life than fame, fortune, and glory. Sometimes, all you need in life is a good time with good company. And, that, being perfectly manifested in this Stand By Me, is what exactly makes this film stand out among the rest.
RIP River Phoenix.