Stand by Me
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
When someone watches a film, if that film is any good, it’ll inspire an emotion in the person and it’ll get them to associate, at least in some small way, if the plot can be related to them. “Stand By Me” does this in immense ammounts.
In this film, four young 12 year old boys (played majestically by Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O’Connell ….. how come the only one of those to not seem to have done anything since is Feldman? Maybe I’m mistaken, but I’ve seen nothing else with him in), travel on a journey to see a dead body. Throughout our lives, we seem to be obsessed and inquisitive about death and these boys are no different. They travel, experiencing all sorts of adventures (including trains and leaches) and bond with each other in that special way that a lot of us seem to do when we’re younger. The adventure is told by Wheaton’s now grown up self (played by Richard Dreyfuss) and provides heart ache, a little humour and adventure in one huge bundle.
In “Stand By Me” the script is brilliantly written, the young boys are excellent as themselves (especially the late River Phoenix, who I confess to never fully appreciating until this moment) and the film itself has a soundtrack to die for.
To summarise, “Stand By Me” is a heartwarming tale which warms the heart and stirs the emotions. This film is a must see!