Stand by Me

Stand by Me ★★★★

"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. J***s, does anyone?" - The last few lines in The Writer's book.

This was suggested by Sushami as a part of the film of the week for the Film Club. He's got exquisite taste while being a fine gentleman. His reviews are short but informative enough to generate interest. Make sure to give him a follow. He kind of deserves them. If you want to see all of the films I've watched for the Film Club, click here along with my ranking of each.

Rob Reiner may have directed LBJ, but this was definitely more in line with the quality of work that I know him by.

Reiner directed a very endearing and emotional adventure that's main theme was friendship but also dealt with an aspect we don't usually see in film: mental health. We often don't see this part tackled in stories like this, but I think this more than benefitted tacking that on. It made the friendship between these four kids more intimate and heartfelt. It really pushed a lot of the emotion forward and helped with sympathizing with each of them. Technically speaking, we got to see each of them deal with it in their own ways in various scenes devoted to each kid and that made it all the more fascinating/(again)endearing to watch. The film was funny, (sorry to sound like a broken record here), heartfelt and adventurous.

The child actors were all actually really great. Wil Wheaton (Gordie Lachance), River Phoenix (Chris Chambers), Corey Feldman (Teddy Duchamp), Jerry O'Connell (Vern Tessio) surprised me. Kiefer Sutherland (Ace Merrill) and Richard Dreyfuss (The Writer) were also great in their smaller roles, especially the latter who was in it for such a small time, but his narration was welcomed.

However, the first act was really slow and I didn't really connect with it all that much until it began to grow on me. The bullies were also pretty one-dimensional.

It's a great pick for the Film Club and I'm excited to see what gets chosen next!


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