My friends often approach me with; Recommend a movie for me to watch. What’s a really good movie…etc. etc.
Because they know that I watch a lot of movies and love doing so. But when it comes to recommending a movie to someone else, or chosing a “favourite” one, I struggle.
What you consider a “good movie” is such a broad aspect, so individual. I, myself like a very different reign of films. Everything from sappy romantic comedies to psychological thrillers. Films based on true events to cult proclaimed, slightly strange ones.
Honestly? I hate recommending movies to people, I sometimes (very seldom these days) review them on Flixster and ranting about films is a favorite past-time of mine but telling someone which movie they should watch? No thank you.
So which movie is my fabourite one? How do you choose just one? It’s nearly impossible if you ask me. But, alas, I have managed to choose one;
Stand by Me.
Surprisingly it isn’t one starring Mr. Depp, but Rob Reiners Stand by Me is one of my personal “Feel Good” flicks that I can watch over and over again without tiering. It begins with Richard Dreyfuss narrating as he sits in a car thinking back on his childhood after learning a close friend died;
” I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being. It happened in the summer of 1959 – a long time ago, but only if you measure in terms of years. I was living in a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock; there were only twelve hundred and eighty-one people, but to me it was the whole world.”
I love that beginning. The fact that this is based on a novel by Stephen King surprised me when I first learned that information. To me, at the time, it seemed so unlike the other works of Mr. King I was familiar with. But reading the novel and watching the movie over and over again has made me realize that it does have some trademark “Stephen King feel” to it.
So,the movie is basically about a man who after finding out about his friends tragic death writes down their story. A story about the best summer they ever had together. The summer the four best friends, Gordie(The writer), Chris, Teddy and Vern set out to find the corpse of a boy that has gone missing. We follow them through their journey and watch the adventure of their lives…well, any 12 year old going on 13 would think of it as an adventure…
It’s such an easygoing film with perfect casting. You feel like your actually there with the boys and their very real 12-year old issues and thoughts. It portrays that special bonds of friendship that you only experience as a kid.
I have literally watched this movie too many times to count and every time I fall in love with something. It might be the tragic state of Chris Chambers home life, the child we all know is somewhere inside us portrayed by Vern or the pure brilliance of the game Mailbox Baseball that Ace and Eyeball of the Cobras has invented. My love for this film might have to do with the fact that I can relate to some of those typical small hometown scenarios.
The lightheartedness mixed with the sometimes hard truth of life is just breathtakingly brilliant. I’ll end with my favorite line from the movie(because I could go on forever);
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”
That is one of my favorite movies, along with Fight Club, Donnie Darko, Love Actually, The Notebook, Sweeney Todd, Moulin Rouge and so on. The list really never ends, and it’s a very mixed selection.