‘The Goonies’ Movie Review

Keaton Thornton, Writer

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In this classic from 1985 film directed by Richard Donner,  a group of adventurous kids, Mikey (Sean Astin), Brand (Josh Brolin), Mouth (Corey Feldman), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), Data (Jonathan Ke Quan), from a coastal town along the pacific ocean go out to find the treasure of Captain One-Eyed Willy in order to keep the group together. Their neighborhood is in danger of being foreclosed and replaced by a brand new country club. Steven Spielberg beautifully wrote this pirate-themed treasure-hunt action-fantasy, that was a big hit in the box office.

The ideal audience of this film would be mid to late aged teens. It is full of comedy and does a great job of showing viewers what friendship among a group of friends during the time looked like. Parents should be cautious about allowing their children to watch this movie due to the vulgar humor and foul language.

The boys find an old pirates map in the attic and decide that they are going to go find it to prevent the big move. The rambunctious group led by Mikey and his older brother, Brand, embark on their journey and run into many difficulties along the way. The first of which is following the map right into the Fratelli’s crime ridden lair, and some others being armed criminals, traps left behind by One-Eyed Willy’s pirate crew to stop them from getting the treasure, and many scenarios where one wrong step could end their life. The whole time they are venturing through the caverns, the criminals are hot on their tail also pursuing the treasure. This creates an action packed environment that is full of surprises around each and every corner. Eventually they reach the treasure and are able to save the neighborhood with the gains from all of the gold.

Rotten Tomatoes had this to say about the film,  “An energetic, sometimes noisy mix of Spielbergian sentiment and funhouse tricks that will appeal to kids and nostalgic adults alike.” In summary, the film is a classic that is still adored by many in 2018. The film moves along at a  breakneck speed. More things happen in this movie than what you usually see in three or four movies. There is not a thrill per minute but instead, there’s a thrill, a laugh, and a shock per minute. You can still see shirts, posters, and many other types of memorabilia floating around.  

Spielberg’s film provides enjoyment and laughs for children and adults alike. The great blend of themes is enough to keep most viewers entertained throughout the entirety of the film. The Goonies shows once again that Spielberg and his directors are truly masters at exciting an audience and keeping them on the edge of their seats.

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