HEY YOU GUYS! So, imagine being about 10 years old. Your mom calls you up to the living room and tells you that 'The Goonies' is on TV that day. Not quite thinking right, you're imagining to yourself something like "oh, that movie I keep seeing at the video store with the creepy puppets coming out of the toilet. I've been curious about that for some time now, because the image is so silly." That's all true. I was convinced I was gonna be watching something called 'Ghoulies', and video stores totally existed!
So you sit and watch this movie unfolding before your eyes that's about a group of kids who go after a pirate treasure they only know from stories their parents told them, and all the while they're being chased by criminals, and their lives are constantly in danger. Top it off with one of the kids befriending a misunderstood creature, and something clicks in your brain that says "thank GOD this wasn't what I thought it was!"
I still, to this day, have never seen 'Ghoulies', have little to no desire to, and 'The Goonies' is one of my all-time favorites that I can watch again and again, and never have it get old. It's also fun to take a look back on some of these actors before they got where they are now - namely the two lead brothers, Mikey and Bran (Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, respectively). This is also one of Corey Feldman's better roles (perhaps a focus this month?). One might also recognize Jonathan Ke Quan from 'Temple of Doom'.
The film does a fantastic job of making sure that these kids are humanized and relatable, and it feels like one of those movies where anyone can see a bit of themselves in one of these characters. Also, if you're really into the whole pirate thing, this is a great classic to look back on. It's not straight up pirate stuff, but there's a whole mythology behind the treasure the Goonies are after, complete with a character one could consider Mikey's personal hero; One-Eyed Willy. It's just so neat to have a sort of bedtime story acting in the background the whole time, and it really adds to that sense of adventure, and even dread. It has no qualms about letting you know these kids are in danger the whole time.
This is just a classic, through and through, and it's a fantastic family adventure. It's a little bit tough at times - not quite 'Indiana Jones' tough, but again, these kids are in perpetual danger throughout the film. However, there's nothing over-the-top going on here, and it's a lot more fun than it is scary. To this day, I'm glad to know that I have 'The Goonies' to rely on if I find myself craving nostalgia on a rainy Sunday afternoon. If you haven't seen this yet, add it to your to-do list, no matter what your age is. It's a great time!