The Goonies (1985): Movie Review

It's been quite awhile since we wanted to watch "The Goonies" but we never really got the chance until now. For a film that we've heard so much great things about it, the end result was quite disappointing. Don't get us wrong though, we get its charm and why people love it but it is a flawed experience especially for those dipping into it for the first time and watching it as adults.
A young teenager Mikey (Sean Astin) from the Goon Docks finds a treasure map in his father’s attic and believes that this leads to the long lost stash of the pirate One-Eyed Willie. This seems to be fated as finding treaure is the only means possible that can save their homes from being turned into a country club. With no choice left, Mikey and his friends, calling themselves the Goonies, goes on a treasure hunt and soon they find themselves in a perilous journey to find gold and find salvation.
"The Goonies" has that nostalgic 80s classic adventure vibe and if you're familiar with how distinct and different an "Indiana Jones" film feels like (and no, we're not including "Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" here), then you know what we're talking about. The biggest issue for us though is that it was clearly targeted for younger audiences - and we're pretty sure ten year old us would have been amazed with the whole experience. But looking through it in the lens of a mid-thirties adult, the magic has faded. There will be certain aspects that we would describe as silly and whimsical and the stakes are really low here. There are also pacing issues especially in how it developed the relationships from character to character. Undeniably, we still loved its visual graphics and production values even after almost four decades after. While we wouldn't classify "The Goonies" as a classic in our own list of films, we do get its status as a classic for some. 
Rating: 3 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- has that nostalgic 80s adventure film vibe in tow

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- clearly designed for younger audiences 
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