This review is of one of the most iconic movies to ever come out of the 80’s. And as you know, I am a child of the 80’s. It was the best decade for music, best decade for TV, and the best decade for movies. And a lot of the best movies that Hollywood ever produced came out of the 80’s and today, I am going to review one of those iconic 80’s movies that you may remember seeing as a kid or you may not, but I am pretty sure that everyone has. Ladies and gentlemen, here is my review of The Goonies.
This film, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner, who prior to this movie was only known for directing the first Superman movie and would later go on to direct the Lethal Weapon series, is set in a coastal town in Oregon where a group of kids who call themselves the “Goonies” (so called because the part of town where they live is known as the Goon Docks) stumble upon a treasure map and decide to go on a treasure hunt as part of one last hurrah because all of them are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. However, a family of criminals is also hot on the trail of the kids because they want the treasure for themselves. What ensues is an adventure filled with booby traps, danger, excitement and humor that is fun for the whole family.
Also of note is that this movie features some very familiar faces: Sean Astin (who plays Mikey, the leader) before he became a Hobbit; Josh Brolin who would go on to play among other things, former President Bush and most recently a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones in the recent Men in Black III; Corey Feldman (yes, there was a period where he was still a kid); Short Round from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and in defense of Short Round being one of the reasons why people hated that movie, at least he had something to contribute as opposed to Kate Capshaw (whose dialogue in that movie was basically scream, scream, bitch and moan, bitch and moan, scream, scream, scream some more, bitch and moan some more, etc.) I mean, he does karate in that movie and you gotta give him points for that. Also, Joey Pantoliano is in this movie playing one of the bad guys. How cool is that?
Also of note is that the movie also contains some awesome 80’s music that’s always a plus. The theme song was done by Cyndi Lauper and Spielberg also directed the music video for the movie and several members of the cast also appeared in the video. Again, how cool is that?
But, yeah, I’m a total child of the 80’s. Deal with it.
So there isn’t really much to say about a classic like The Goonies except that it’s awesome. If you grew up with this movie, great. It gives you something else to share with your kids. If not, check it out.