STAND BY ME


1986

DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner

Steven King’s adaptations have always lead to mixed results, but when King’s character pieces are retold on the pearl screen, success is almost always guaranteed. Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and Stand By Me must stand as one of the most prominent examples, with the latter, Stand By Me doing it first and doing something simple and effective.

This a story of four troubled boys from the small town Castle Rock in the 1950’s, who set out to find the missing body of another boy who had been missing for a week or so. They learn that he is dead and set out on this macabre mission as many lads might, but this is also a right of passage for Wil Wheaton’s character, the narrator, Gordie Lachance, who had lost his older brother in a car accident.

His parents, who revered their eldest son, were struggling to let him go and Wheaton was suffering as many do when a sibling is lost. The lads smoke, drink and tell tall tales and they are all very real, a credit to the cast led by Wheaton, the late River Phoenix, Cory Feldman and Jerry O’Connell.

The only problem is that there’s very going on in terms of plot. The plotting simple and is in place to drive the characters and though interesting, I needed a little more.

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