[Film Review] Stand By Me (1986)

Stand By Me 1986

Title: Stand By Me
Year: 1986
Language: English
Country: USA
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director: Rob Reiner
Raynold Gideon
Bruce A. Evans
based on the novel of Stephen King
Music: Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography: Thomas Del Ruth
Will Wheaton
River Phoenix
Corey Feldman
Jerry O’Connell
Kiefer Sutherland
Casey Siemaszko
Richard Dreyfuss
John Cusack
Marshall Bell
Rating: 7.3/10

I have been looking forward to watching this film for ages, neither because I’m a hardcore zealot of Stephen King, nor I’m a passionate follower of the director Rob Reiner, to me the selling point wholly lays on River Phoenix, a gone-too-soon film star, from James Dean, Sal Mineo, to River till Heath Ledge, whose early demise inexorably grants them a more iconic perception to the mundane world than their remaining peers (sadly it is never too young to die).

The film sufficiently charts the bona-fide friendship and love among its four protagonists in a simple but accessible framework, the script precisely captures the intrinsic pulse from children’s point-of-view, unfortunately and unavoidably, the film itself has to face the judgement from adult’s perspective (no film could limit its audience under pubescence), frequently what these kids are doing is corny and slightly obnoxious, which at any rate, exactly reflects a virtually tangible authenticity.

The affiliation among the gang-of-four is firmly portrayed by our talented young cast (with endeavored details), River and Will manifest a over-their-ages interpretation to render their characters a multi-dimensional presence; Corey and Jerry are also worthy of a two thumb up applause; besides that, an extremely young Kiefer Sutherland is the will-sales here, who literally creeps me out and unbelievably makes me like the film less by his excellent performance as the leader of the ruffians (who would imagine he could incarnate as Jack Bauer, the federal agent who saves the world numerous times in the TV series 24). By the way, speaking of Will, I really cannot believe he is the one who plays himself in the Big Bang Theory series, although I am not a Star Trek fan either, but he is undoubtedly unrecognizable.


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