My Love For “The Goonies”, Is It Nostalgia?

the goonies movie nostalgia

the goonies movie nostalgia

First off if you grew up in the 80’s and you haven’t seen the movie “The Goonies” stop what you’re doing and go watch it, right now. Once you’ve finished watching the movie, come back here and let us know what you thought of it. I’ve gotten into a few debates (arguments) with people recently on the quality of “The Goonies” and whether or not I still like the movie today because I saw it when I was a child, or because it’s just a sweet f–n movie. I know I tend to go off on rants in regards to how much better things used to be, like an old man talking about his childhood, but I truly believe that “The Goonies” still holds up as a great movie today, as it did back in 1985. However, I seem to find the opposite when it comes to people my age who are just now seeing “The Goonies” for the first time.

“The Goonies” is a Steven Spielberg movie directed by Richard Donner about a group of outcast kids who embark on an amazing journey as they hunt for hidden treasure after finding a map in their parents attic. It stars kids that grew up to become pretty famous actors, for example: Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton. Everything you could want in a movie is here from the fat funny kid to pirate ships, the nerdy asian kid to the hot cheerleader, the deformed creature-man to the gang of felons, the movie has heart and humor… it’s pretty much everything you could want in a movie, and I can’t turn it off if it comes on TBS. That being said, I was appalled when I had heard recently that the Berserk Hippo had not seen the movie until recently and then came back onto his podcast a few weeks later to say that he didn’t really enjoy it… blasphemy! First of all I don’t know how you could have been born in the early 80’s and not seen this movie at all growing up (my fiance has also not seen it), second of all how could you not enjoy the movie! I believe ‘hippo’ said that he didn’t think it was a bad movie, but he didn’t really think it stood the test of time. He said that he could see how people these days would like it for the nostalgia if they saw it as kids and had fond memories of it, but as an adult he didn’t really get it. I don’t know if it’s because I saw it millions of times as a kid that I still enjoy it, but I really believe it’s still a great movie today even as an adult.

The whole reason this is coming up now is because I recently heard one of the new radio DJs in Chicago say the same thing as the ‘hippo’ and I really couldn’t believe that people don’t think it’s a good movie. Like I said above, I know I tend to rant about the state of cinema today compared to what it was back in the 80’s, 90’s, and I truly believe that Hollywood has run out of ideas (for the most part) and continue to rely too heavily on special effects and over-the-top ridiculousness, rather than focusing on good story telling. I will say that recently “Super 8” is one of the few movies that seemed to take me back to what I remember about good movies from growing up, but it’s with that sentence that I kind of realize why I feel this way about movies, and I guess it is partly the nostalgia.

Kids these days will never know the days of movies without CGI. They will never know that it used to take a skilled sculptor, not a computer, to churn out a creature used in a movie. They’ll never know that it took creativity to capture specific moments or stunts on screen. They will never know that gallons upon gallons of fake blood were used to create horror movies (although some of them still do, which I appreciate). They will never know the days when a movie was about the story rather than the ridiculous special effects and explosions. In my eyes, they will never know the days of film makers who made movies for the love of the art rather than the love of Hollywood and all it stands for today.

So I guess in a way my love for “The Goonies” could be looked at as nostalgic, but can you honestly tell me that a movie like “Transformers” is better than “ET“, “Close Encounter of the Third Kind“, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off“, “Gremlins“, “The Goonies” or even “Jurassic Park” which came out around the birth of CGI and, again, still holds up perfectly to this day. I just feel like the quality of cinema these days is severely lacking and it makes me feel sorry for kids these days. But again, I’m sure when movies like “The Goonies” and “Gremlins” and “ET” were coming out in the 80’s, people who grew up with movies in the 50’s, 60’s were saying the same thing that I am now. I guess it’s just the evolution of entertainment, things change as technology changes and as people change. Music is a great example of this as well and I could talk for hours about the state of hip-hop today compared to just 10 years ago (let alone 20 years ago). So I guess this post has made me realize it, the more I think about it, that maybe my love for “The Goonies” is because of nostalgia and maybe it’s not such a great movie, but I swear to god if anyone says that “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” does not still hold up today I will strangle you with my corded telephone.

So if you have a second leave a comment (no registration needed) and let us know if you are a fan of “The Goonies” and whether or not you were born in the 80’s. I just want to see what the general opinion of the movie is.