The Goonies (1985)

Nostalgia can be a powerful feeling.

I was in the mood to watch the 1985 classic, The Goonies this morning so I had to go searching for it on the streaming services. I finally had to resort to renting it on Vudu… and it was worth every penny.

There is such a magical feel to the great film, where a group of kids find a pirate treasure map and go searching for the “rich stuff” to prevent their homes from being foreclosed upon by the wealthy businessman. During their search, the kids have to avoid the dangerous Fratellis, who are involved in, among other things, a counterfeiting plot.

The film had that 1980s Spielberg magic (as Spielberg wrote and produced the film) with it being directed by Richard Donner.

The Goonies is so successful, in large part, to the wonderful cast of young actors involved in the movie. Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Ke Huy Quan, Kerri Green and Martha Plimpton embodied their roles in the film and brought a fantastic group ensemble aura to out heroic protagonists. The Fratellis were cheesy and over-the-top in the perfect way for the villains of this film, bringing personality and a real sense of menace to the plot. Anne Ramsey, Robert Davi and Joe Pantoliano have amazing chemistry with one another, bringing both a comedic element and a sense of dread to the Fratellis.

Then, former football star John Matuszak as the oft-abused Sloth provided the proper addition of heart to the cast, an innocence that surpassed even the Goonies themselves.

While the story may be silly, the combination of these actors really sold the tale they were telling. There was so much heart and youthful energy that The Goonies emanated magic and family feeling. It says that anything can be accomplished with bravery and dedication. Goonies truly never die.

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