The Goonies Reviews
November 13, 2014
The children who constitute the Goonies only really exist in the mind of Steven Spielberg, who produced and created the story. He sees boy children as fast-talking, fun-loving, dream-chasing rascals. Girl children older than, say, Drew Barrymore in "E.T." are valuable as targets and instigators of boys' sexual precociousness, but are mostly just taggers-along on boys' adventures. How much you like "The Goonies" depends in part on whether your perceptions of childhood are as simple and limited as Spielberg's, or whether you see with the jaded eyes of an adult who wants something more from a movie than a middle-aged producer's wish fulfillment.
The plot of "The Goonies," a quest for buried pirate treasure on the northern Pacific coast, owes a lot to Mark Twain's tale of Tom, Huck, and Becky in Injun Joe's cave. Twain's kids were wise beyond their years and rough around the edges, a bit like Sean Astin's "Mikey" and Corey Feldman's "Mouth." But they were also complex figures with rich inner lives, not comic stereotypes like Ke Huy Quan's "Data," who does gadgets, Jeff Cohen's "Chunk," who loves food, and Kerri Green's "Andy," a girl who shrieks and likes jewelry and kissing. Twain's dialogue was characterized by colorful turns of phrase and carefully-observed dialect, but Chris Columbus's screenplay is all shouted exposition, easy barbs, and convenient moments of wisdom.
The shouting is the hardest to tolerate as an adult, and unfortunately it is ceaseless. The movie's head baddie, having bundled the Goonies out of the room, exhales a line we're probably supposed to disagree with: "Kids suck." During the brief respite from the noise, it's hard not to share her sentiment. The Goonies are pretty obnoxious, but the movie doesn't know it.
Whatever their flaws in the character department, Spielberg, Columbus, and director Richard Donner are no slouches when it comes to cinematic spectacle. "The Goonies" is longer than it should be, but it moves so fast that it seldom lags. The dungeon and pirate ship sets look great, and for buffs there are plenty of winking homages to great adventure films like "Captain Blood," "Tarzan," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." As if to compensate for the underwritten child roles, Dave Grusin's musical score does a great deal of emotional lifting and at times obscures the ubiquitous screaming.
Even if you find the Goonies less than lovable, the filmmakers' fondness for them is apparent and a little infectious. A final scene on the beach gives each child a neat resolution and some parting words (several of which are painfully unearned) before capping things off with a moment of hushed, magical awe. However uneven the underlying content, it is hard to resist the appeal of a totally un-cynical moment of Spielbergian wonder.
June 8, 2006
141106: Just scary enough to make a 9 year old cuddle up. Still the fun and enjoyable film I knew from long ago. The hairstyles and dress sucks a bit but that was the 80s.
October 31, 2014
It's fun when your a kid, but as an adult you can sense the immaturity of the picture, as well as the lack of heart and the lack of a real effective story.
October 29, 2014
the stereotypes are dated, but still one of my fav movies.
October 6, 2012
The Goonies should be the dictionary definition of adventure. It has wit, charm, hilarity and sheer memorability. One of the 80's very best films.
October 10, 2014
*GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE* Need I say more!!!
October 3, 2014
Oh, god, this was so bad. I think it could just be an age thing; maybe if I'd seen this when I was really young, or if I'd seen it when it first came out, I would've liked it, but watching it now as an 18-year-old, I almost hate it. I can't quite bring myself to say that I do hate it, because it's just so happy all the time and well-meaning, but I didn't really enjoy watching it.
There's so many things to dislike about it. The visual effects were so bad, and all the sets literally looked like a theme park. The dialogue was pretty awful most of the time, to the point where I was laughing a lot at unintentionally funny parts. The badly written lines were delivered really poorly in most cases, and the characters were mostly unlikable; Mikey was a boring unfunny leader, Chunk was the token fat kid (who did occasionally make some funny expressions), Data was used for some of the most annoying slapstick ever (I'm thinking of when the fist jumped out of his shirt and hit the bad guy), and Mouth was just a prick, honestly.
There were a few scattered bright spots. Near the beginning of the movie, Brandon and Mikey shared a hug, and it was pretty nice. I liked the line said by Mikey's mom, "Let her mother worry about her," when Brandon was making out with Andy. "You were my greatest invention" was a sweet line by Data's father. Having Martha Plimpton is always a plus, and it was cool to see her in a young role; she was also one of the only likable characters. But for the most part, this was kind of the cheesiest movie I've ever seen; it was incredibly over-sentimental, cliche, unfunny, and just bad.
September 9, 2014
September 2, 2014
Funny and quotable, The Goonies is a nostalgic treat.
August 27, 2014
You gotta love the goonies, that nostalgic feel when you see the climax scene. Fingers crossed for the reboot
August 25, 2014
A solid adventure movie every kid should have to see.
June 30, 2012
A fun 80s classic after "Indiana Jones," "E.T." and "Back to the Future." (A)
(Full review coming soon)
August 31, 2012
Why did it take me 24 years to watch this? This movie is amazing!
August 17, 2014
A magically captivating film, that will make you want to run off with your inner child.
August 16, 2014
The premise is weak, cliched. The painfully young cast seemed fixated on yelling, screaming. A classic for some, crap for others.
August 24, 2012
When ever I hear talk of movies, most of the conversations end up with a reference to The Goonies. I can see why. Heck, they're still selling Goonies t-shirts. At a filmmakers perspective, 3 stars. But this is not a movie to watch as a movie, but as an adventure to great riches led by a group of kids with argumentative and strange quirks that keep up suspense and humor. This is a movie for pure enjoyment. It could do without Chunk's language, though.
February 12, 2010
(First viewing - Teen years)
August 4, 2014
I love the goonies! It's fun, funny., and anyone would love. Great for our children viewers as well. One of my favorite movies!
November 13, 2011
- Watching it again, on Blu-ray this time, the film looked even better. It's so entertaining and never had a dull moment. It's a shame they don't make kids films like this anymore, it's so much fun. Check it out!
- Probably the greatest adventure film for kids ever, the movie is just so much fun. I hadn't seen it in quite a while, it looked great on DVD. All the performances were excellent and Donner did a great job directing, I'm sure with some tips from Producer Spielberg. A must see and worth watching again if you've already seen it.
July 26, 2014
What I got to say about "The Goonies" in a fun and funny adventure movie. The performances by the cast is great. The directing by Richard Donner is perfect. The screenplay by Chris Columbus is good. And the score and effect are fine.