The Lost Boys Reviews
The performances are awesome. Kiefer Sutherland makes an awesome vampire, Feldman and Newlander are awesome as the hilarious and cool Frog Brothers, and Barnard Hughes is a definite scene stealer. Haim is good, but he's not the best. Patric isn't too bad, either. Wiest is a little blah, but she's not terrible. Herrmann is cool.
The action and scares are sweet and well done, and I like the film's pace. This is back when Joel Schumacher wasn't looked at as a pariah. It's too bad he couldn't stay that way.
The whole thing is very average really, acting, effects and plot are all ok but the look and feel is good (although its mostly sets), you can tell its a Schumacher film alright hehe
Lots of young fit men, half naked guys with big muscles, some neon, an early Batcave and allot of cheese :)
Vamps look good and Sutherland is a good vamp but the ending was always too easy for me, the vamps are all killed way to easy and with not much of a fight plus it has a weird flat ending leaving you wanting to know more....maybe that's good, great title for a film though.
the flick begins with the backset tone of "people are strange" which is a classic the doors song, and this bizarrely ethreal tune anchors the idiocyncratic atmosphere of "the lost boys"...jason patric plays the loner kid michael who gets entrapped into the snare of vampires when his family moves to santa carla in california. it barrows the scenario of james dean's "rebel without a cause" that a bunch of mistrayed young motorcyclists indulge in the thrilling abandon of violence and adventures while our rebel protagonist is longing for the girlfriend of gang lead, trying to snatch her attention away by passing the daring ordeals proposed by the gang as a lost boy in search of peer identification. a disorientated ground for kids with hippie parents as one character's name is star.
the story background fits well with the theme of "people are strange" and peculiarly the vampire shell does have a portrait of jim morrison as their spiritual guidance. a group of lost boys dive into the recognition of stylistic dissonance on their metal outfits, spiky hairdos and leather jackets. (my compliment belongs to kiefer sutherland whose hairdo is the coolest. and jason patric somehow resembles jim morrison with his shaggy hair.)
"the lost boys" is well foreshadowed with the pastiche of an adolescent delinquency and hard-core vampirish goth, but it goes campy when the story starts to get involved with the frog vampire-slaughtering brothers in the comics store. then it flops into a brass celebration of nerds and geeks, especially the scene of "death by the stereo" is particularly juvenile and corny.
the 80s was the dacade when jason patric and kiefer sutherland still possess some potentiality of supernova with their boyish looks and edgy spunk. unfortunately director schumacher chooses style over substance, so "the lost boys" ends up being a excellently shot two-hour music video with the epitome of 80s pop culture. but somehow it's worthy of praises for its campy value. and the song "people are strange" divulges as the sour implication of vampires with a sardonic kind of black humor.
Really corny sometimes and never reaches its full potential and Haim & Gertz are quite annoying but overall the film is fun to watch