Mike Apps🍿’s review published on Letterboxd:
He was stabbed in the throat. He died almost instantly.
Although I hadn't seen him in more than ten years, I know I'll miss him forever.
I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve.
Jesus, does anyone?
An ending that pulls the rug right under your feet so abruptly and gently at once! A conclusion wrapped in loss, nostalgia and finality. A leap from childhood memory to present day reality. All of which is done through a dissolve edit, narration and a computer screen - tools that modern film school considers archaic or detrimental to storytelling!
At the core of every great coming-of-age tale is about forming an identity as you grow up in a world that will decide for you who you are. Identity can cut across race, class, nationality and sexuality. But too often than not, the filmmakers revel in the sexuality of young love with a leery camera.
Stand By Me's protagonists go on a childhood adventure in the woods. The catalyst that changes these young boys is a dead body they discover. It is symbolically an encounter with mortality; the death of their innocence.
One of the best coming-of-age movies ever, and one of the best Stephen King adaptations. River Phoenix was the closest anyone ever came to topping James Dean! Keifer Sutherland put blond bullies on the map way before Draco Malfoy!