Bunch of kids go down into a cellar to find one eyed willy?! Was I the only one seeing all these sexual innuendos in this film, granted I never realised it as a kid but I'm still repressing my own encounters! But that's not my problem, it's just padded out, a fairground ride with a flimsy plot before Pirates of the Caribbean to the concept and placed it in cinemas. Nostalgia for the truffle shuffle but overall dull.
The Goonies loomed as large as Spielberg's oeuvre in my childhood consciousness. Well, I've revisited it and can attest that it's a third-tier Spielberg achievement. Sure it has an endearing spirit, some charming performances and a sense of fun. It's also extremely rough around the edges, broad and hurried and lacking a decisive control. Memory is so much warmer! 2.5
I genuinely can't believe i've gotten to the ripe old age of 25 without seeing The Goonies before, but really, whats not to love about a bunch of misfit kids going off on an adventure to find pirates treasure in the 80s? And to be honest, all the adult criticisms about shouting and swearing in the film can just simmer down - kids do shout and swear sometimes, if your kids don't then they aren't having fun.
Comparatively shows that problems in mainstream films started then, not millennial. It too has pacing problems, yelled dialogue, broad characters, and fully dumbs itself down... but it isn't a cartoon, yet still uses its desired audiences (teens/children) impatience as an excuse to be opiates. Marvel shows commercial literary appeal is nearly extinct, this that the 1980's started it. P.S. The Monster Squad owns this.