Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he “borrows” the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. —IMDb
Growing up in the wake of World War II, talented German director Wolfgang Petersen developed a passion for all things American and by the age of 11 had decided that making movies (to his mind an essentially American art form) was what he wanted to do with his life. Initially drawn to the films of John Ford for their clear presentation of good and evil (in contrast to the messy Europe of the day), he went on to immerse himself in the directors of the French Nouvelle Vague, especially Francois Truffaut, whom he cites as his most important influence, though he is quick to add “there’s nothing German, or even particularly European about my films.” (Los Angeles Times, July 6, 1993) After beginning as an actor and director in Hamburg theater during the 1960s, he enrolled in film school and shortly after graduating made his directorial debut for German TV with “I Will Kill You, Wolf” (1970). He also helmed six 100 minute TV dramas, all with separate stories and casts, for a series of thrillers… read more
This would have been awesome if I was still a child. But at 22 years of age, there is still a lot of magic to be had. It sort of makes me sad. I don't quite know why. It says that it's the never-ending story, but I can't shake the reality that for many, it ended long ago. Falcor is fucking boss. 3/5
The Neverending Story was a huge part of my childhood, having seen it in theatres when it came out and then dozens of times afterwards. It is a kids movie, always has been, there are dark elements to it and kind of melancholic, themes like losing hopes and dreams as you get older. Imagination is key to a child's life, that's what this movie is getting at and I think it does it well. Alright, so the acting isn't the best but if you just let this movie sweep you off your feet with it's musical score and it's story then you've got no reason to worry. Artax's death will always be the saddest moment ever.