Friday, October 12, 2012

Stand by Me (1986)

Director: Rob Reiner. Cast: Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard Dreyfuss. 89 min. Rated R. Adventure/Drama.

Yes, watched it for the first time. It's a weird age, when you're growing out of superhero fantasies, but you're not a teenager yet. You're confused, but don't even know you're confused, and best friends (who are as confused as you are) become your only shelter. In a road movie setting, Stand by Me depicts this age very well, as four pre-junior high buddies embark on a quest on foot to find an allegedly hidden dead body, 20 miles from their homes. Classic Stephen King heroes, villains and locales, make this a memorable movie to watch with same-aged friends.

PS: Similar to Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption), Rob Reiner (Misery) has been one of those rare directors that's managed the seemingly impossible task of adapting Stephen King novels.

Mo says:


  1. Hey, Mohsen. I have to brag because not only did I watch this movie before you, I've actually seen it a few times because my kids liked it. By the way, I love this MoBlog. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thank you, Emmie. Actually, "Stand by Me" was one movie I knew everybody had seen before me , which means it has quite a few fans, and I'm waiting for my readers to voice their dissent about the "Soso" score I gave it! It was a great film, but I wasn't involved with it after it was over, so I needed to stay true to my own blog rules.

  3. I'm one of those who might see it after you! and I really believe its score is above average or So So. I'm wondering why it didn't affect you much enough since I think it must be your taste.

    I didn't know such famous beautiful old song is its soundtrack

    and never miss this :

    And beautiful lyric is better than any word!

    "When the night has come
    And the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we'll see
    No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me

    And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me
    Stand by me, stand by me

    If the sky that we look upon
    Should tumble and fall
    And the mountains should crumble to the sea
    I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me

    And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh stand by me
    Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me, yeah

    Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
    Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

    Darlin', darlin', stand by me, stand by me
    Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

  4. Maryam, as you said, this is a movie I would have normally given a Mojo. But now that I look back, maybe the reason I gave it a Soso, was because I've grown out of the movie's themes, and wasn't able to fully grasp it the way I would've if I was the same age as its heroes when I watched it the first time.

    The song "Stand By Me" is quite famous, and I believe it was sung years before this movie was made. You know John Lennon sang a version of it too.