The Goonies is one of my favorite movies from the 1980s. It’s an adventure film about a group of children who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood in Astoria, Oregon and their discovery of One-Eyed Willy’s treasure while trying to save their homes from demolition. It’s an epic movie with many great characters who have iconic catchphrases.
What is the plot of the story ?
The Goonies is about a group of kids growing up on the west coast who have to either defend their neighborhood from the evil Fratellis and their demolition crew, or save their homes from being torn down. The kids are put together by a movie theater owner named Richard (having experience with child star Corey Haim) and join a band of misfits as they set out to find One-Eyed Willy’s treasure.
Who is in the cast ? What role did each character portray ?
The cast include Sean Astin , Josh Brolin , Corey Haim , Jeff Cohen , Martha Plimpton , and Joe Pantoliano . Sean Astin portrayed the role of Mikey Walsh. Josh Brolin portrayed the role of Data Dump. Corey Haim was Michael “Mikey” Walsh. Jeff Cohen portrayed the role of Sloth. Martha Plimpton was played by Chunk. Joe Pantoliano was played by Mouth Tannen, and Sean Astin played Mayor George Heartwell in one scene, being that the two were cast at a very young age they never did meet face to face so any scenes where they come face to face in The Goonies are actually through either the late director Richard Donner or the man who replaced him during production, Chris Columbus.
What are the difficulties they face ?
The difficulties they face are numerous. From their home being demolished to becoming stranded in the middle of nowhere to fighting off a family of criminals. The consequences of their actions are that they save their homes from demolition. Unfortunately they get framed by the Fratellis and go on the run while being pursued by police and a family of criminals. As you can see from the quotes below, the kids do learn from their mistakes, but the consequences are always great. Sean Astin broke his nose in an accident filming this scene.
What are the themes ?
The themes of the movie are quite clear. The theme is one of working towards a goal and learning from your mistakes as well as the consequences. One of the sub-themes is that of friendship. One thing that I love about this film is how positive their relationship was. They had a great group dynamic where they all respected each other and put others before themselves.
Who is the antagonist ? What are its motives ?
The antagonist is the Fratelli family. The Fratellis are a family of criminals who have been stealing treasures from the world and selling them to museums around the country. They make their money back by giving their loot to the museum and telling them how they found it.
What are the epic scenes ?
The epic scenes are plentiful in the film. From the opening scene of the Goonies playing outside; to Chunk falling into a storage beneath the house and discovering One-Eyed Willy’s treasure map; to Mouth fighting off an octopus on a hovercraft while trying to save Mikey, Brand and Andy; Ending with a chase sequence in a mine shaft while also rescuing Cyndi; The Goonies is full of memorable moments. The most loved character has to be Chunk when he puts his hands up in the air while holding onto a burrito and says “I love this town!” If you’ve seen the movie you know exactly what I’m talking about. The quote is a pretty well known quote due to its popularity.
Would you recommend watching this ?
I recommend this to anyone who is a movie buff. It’s very interesting that they felt the need to make a movie based off a kids video game, but it’s easily one of the best films ever made. I’ve seen it countless times and always find something new that I love.
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