I have amazingly fond memories of seeing The Goonies as a child, memories that I was incredibly happy to find still stand true to this day when I re-watched the movie on Blu-ray recently in its amazing 30th Anniversary Edition.
In many ways it was The Goonies among other childhood 80’s classics such as E.T, Labyrinth and obviously Gremlins that introduced me to horror in a very subtle way as all of these fantastic films contained a dark edge amongst the crazy comedic capers that the kids and teens who stared in them got up to, an edge that stayed with me long afterwards.
Directed by Lethal Weapon’s Richard Donner and written by the legendary pairing of Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus all at the height of their creative powers The Goonies tells the swash buckling tale of a plucky group of friends who find a treasure map that they think may help them get money to stop their homes being taken away from them.
Hailing from the Goon Docks area of Astoria, Oregon The Goonies made up of optimistic leader Mikey (Sean Astin), over confident Mouth (Corey Feldman), the inventive Data (Jonathan Ke Quan) and everyone’s favorite overweight klutz Chunk (Jeff Cohen) are determined to find the treasure of famous pirate One-Eyed Willy unaware that a family of criminals named the Fratellis are also after it.
Entering a mysterious underground realm beset by booby traps and danger at every turn while avoiding the bad guys the intrepid team trek through peril and panic to find the long lost pirate ship with the help of Mikey’s older brother Brand played by a very young Josh Brolin.
Packed with full on adventure, all out action and plenty of thrills as mentioned there is also a flip side to the fun especially in the introduction of Sloth the Fratellis deformed sibling whose scary looks disguise a heart of gold and love of a certain brand of chocolate bars.
Slotting perfectly alongside the bevy of family friendly cinematic gems of the period, many made by Spielberg himself, The Goonies is a great film and the Anniversary Blu-ray is packed full of extras to indulge your nostalgia including a commentary by Richard Donner and cast members with hidden video treasures, a making of featurette, several deleted scenes and Cyndi Lauper The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough music video.
Also included in the special box set is a beautiful collection of Art Cards picturing story boards from the film, and two mini magazine’s with a copy of the 1985 Making of and Empire’s Cast Where Are They Now.
Still brilliant after 30 years and watchable by kids young and old it seems that the classic quote from the film ‘Goonies never say die’ is more apt than they ever imagined.