When I was in any of those age groups listed above there were dozens of them. You couldn’t turn around in the 80s and early 90s without hearing about another one coming along…
From the big titles like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Goonies, Explorers, The Last Starfighter, Stand By Me, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to films like The Rescue, Labyrinth, Red Dawn (I know, I know, this one is kinda dark, and not necessarily suitable for all viewers but still…), Space Camp, Iron Eagle, D.A.R.Y.L., Cloak & Dagger, War Games and Flight of the Navigator.
Those adventurous, fun and enjoyable for all ages films that seemed to have vanished. Or maybe I’m just not hearing about them. I like to think I do, and I’d like to think I would go see them when they came along – I mean I saw all the Harry Potters, and I guess that’s the closes thing to that idea that we’ve seen in the theaters for awhile.
There’s a fun and innocence in these films, a spirit of joy and adventure that seems lacking from a lot of the films aimed at younger viewers today, or those in their tween years. You could make an argument for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which I have seen, and enjoyed both, and honestly, looking forward to the third. Beyond that there doesn’t seem to be an honest to goodness adventure film, or ensemble cast film of young actors telling tales of youth, innocence and fun.
Are those things, especially innocence, dead?
In a time when children are growing up faster than before, are they missing out on the wonder and excitement of the world around them and their own imaginations?
Just a thought.
I remember when I was a kid (don’t you hate stories that begin like that?) we would be outside running around, playing games, and fostering our imaginations. That’s not to say we didn’t watch movies, or tv, but we also went outside and did things!
And those movies, all of them, helped fire the imagination, and inspired our games, our own stories, and activities.
not seeing these films today? Or have they really disappeared? The last ones I remember before the Harry Potter films came along are Little Manhattan (one of my fave romantic comedies by the way), The Sandlot and Alex Rider.
You could argue about the recent Journey to the Center of the Earth films, but I don’t agree, not to mention how far they seemed to stray from the source material.
If anyone could recommend one, please, I’d love to see that same fun kind of adventure film again…