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Stand by Me (1986)
Fantastic movie - an absolute must see for all.
Stephen King is now very well known for his novels and other pieces of writing being made into movies, and in my opinion, Stand By Me is one of the best King adaps. The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption being my two other favourites. Both are powerful and touching films, and Stand By Me is no exception.
The story, based around the lives of four young friends simply growing up in America, going through some not so simple adventures.
Gordie and his three friends hear of the dead body of a young boy, and go in search for it, with some unexpected events along the way, the train scene and the leech scene being two of the best. All four boys turn out amazing performances, but the two most outstanding come from Gordie and Chris, played by Wil Wheaton and the late, great River Pheonix respectively.
Keifer Sutherland also makes an impressionable appearance, although isn't in the movie for the majority.
Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell provide some light comedic relief, and the four boys together create a spectacular story and audiences feel a strong sense of the bond between the boys.
One scene in particular is made all the more moving by the fact that River Pheonix has sadly passed away since the making of the movie. We see Gordie waving goodbye to Chris Chambers (Pheonix), who fades into the trees and is not seen again in the film. This scene usually provokes me and anyone I'm watching it with to tears, and this is a sign of the heart-felt respect most people have for River Pheonix.
Rob Reiner has done an incredible job of getting astounding performances out of all of his cast, but if you watch the bonus material on the DVD you will see that he really had to go to extreme lengths to drag out the potential that he knew he had found in these four unknown Young actors. And it is clear that he did well in picking the right people, because if it had been any other four boys the film would not have come off as well as it did.
Overall, this is an incredible tale of four young boys, told with sensitivity,and the four boys deliver mature and moving performances. A must-see for all film fans, and any Stephen King Fans.
Wow! What can i say?!
*Spoiler* This was an amazing film with superb acting from Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Geoffrey Rush also delivered an amazing performance, and although Keira Knightley was good, I felt the character could have been used more. The plot wasn't amazing, but definately not far off amazing! The Black Pearl Curse was a new concept and I felt it had been written wonderfully. Johnny Depp, I feel, was put on this Earth to be Captain Jack Sparrow! Orlando Bloom proved fantastically that he can do more than gracefully jump around as an elf, and i think that we can expect to see great work from him in the future. Geoffrey Rush just can't seem to go wrong at the moment, and, for me, he definatley brought in some of the more traditional Pirate feel (with the occasional Ooooh's and Arrr's!). The director and producer (Verbinski and Bruckheimer) have done a wonderful job as have the script writers and actors. A feel good movie that is everything a pirate movie should be and more! A definate 10/10 for me. Something to watch again and again (and again!)