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Jordy's Reviews: “Stand By Me” (1986)

Another review by my nine-year-old, ratings-conscious nephew Jordy...

“Stand By Me” is a film that is by Rob Reiner, a filmmaker who has made some great movies like “This Is Spinal Tap,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and much more. It is based off a short story by Stephen King called “The Body” (no wonder they changed the title; it sounds like a zombie book) and “Stand By Me” is the only movie where I think that the people that gave the movie the rating might have turned into a dull boy. ďRĒ? What? Although I have to admit, it is quite inappropriate to see kids swear and smoke.

But “Stand By Me” is a great Rob Reiner movie because of the characters. It starts out with a guy sitting in a car with a newspaper that says that a man was stabbed by a knife and died. Then the guy, who starts narrating, says the first time he ever saw a dead body was on an adventure with his friends. So basically the whole plot is searching for a dead body.

The kids are all people who do bad things, yet you love these characters somehow, although itís probably because they all stick out for each other. They also are funny sometimes. For example, one kid tells a story called ďLardass And The Pie-Eating ContestĒ, which has all the kid gags, yet it is fun for adults too. “Stand By Me” has a vast landscape that goes along with the movie the whole time, and some camera shots truly are some of the best that Iíve seen. For example, a shot of them walking with the sun setting in the background is beautiful. The actors are all great, and they manage to pull off roles as complex characters, while putting emotion into the sadness of the two main characters. I love how they all fool around with each other; they can be mean to each other, but they always stick out for each other, too. Because of that, you can tell they have a really good friendship. Also, even though they are on a dangerous journey (the dead body was presumably hit by a train), with the chance of getting hit by a train and all, they say that they are having a great time, which can tell you that they enjoy each otherís company, and that is another way to tell they have a great friendship.

Thatís one of the movies main themes: friendship. It definitely is a powerful thing, thatís for sure. The adventure scenes are spectacular, including a scene where they have to run from the train. In fact, the only thing I donít like about the movie is that sometimes it doesnít make sense, although itís so minor, you donít care. (This is supposed to be a real story in the movie, you know!) In the ending, the narrator says that his best friend was the one who was stabbed by the knife, and that even though the friends are separate, he never had better friends then the ones on that adventure. Once you turn off the movie, you get a very powerful feeling: sympathy. You feel sympathetic for some of the characters, and thatís something only a great movie can do. Rob Reiner, well done: youíve created a masterpiece.

Rating: 99%

Okay For: 13+

Jordan Muschler, 2011

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Posted at 07:28 AM on Thu. Jan 06, 2011 in category Jordy's Reviews  

COMMENTS

Reed wrote:

I was just a little older than Jordy when I first saw this movie. And then I saw it many more times. I was actually just thinking about it a few days ago. I got stuck on the idea that the movie does a good job of being set in its time, yet it makes a powerful and immediate connection to adolescent boys growing up in any era. I know it had a profound effect on me, and that's the reason my friends and I watched it often as kids.

Jordy, this is a great review. You and I had the same reaction to this excellent piece of moviemaking. It's been many years since I've had the pleasure of watching this one. I'll have to find a way to dig it up again.

Comment posted on Thu. Jan 06, 2011 at 09:15 AM

Jerry Grillo wrote:

Great review of a great film, Jordy. This is probably my favorite adaptation of a Stephen King story/book. Excellent cast, and even Richard Dreyfus gets a small part.

Comment posted on Thu. Jan 06, 2011 at 09:11 PM

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