Stand by me (1986)

Directed by Rob Reiner

Starring River Phoenix, Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Richard Dreyfus as the narrator.

I confess I am writing about this film from memory because I have not seen it in a while. But I remember this film so well, maybe I would need to see it to remember a few details, but I remember the feeling I got from seeing it. It is known as a coming of age story as the characters are in that the age between childhood and adulthood.

The film follows 4 friends as they decide to go and the find the body of a missing boy. The antagonist in the journey is the gang led by Ace played by Sutherland. The journey is full of funny moments, touching moments, and things that make friendships stronger. The story is told through Gordie Lachance as he tells the story of that journey that he went through when he was 12 with his friends.

The film is based on a story written by Stephen King called the Body. King is known for horror books and films, but there are some films where he enters the subject of friendships and I have to say I love those films. I can think of the Shawshank Redemption and the friendship between Andy and Red. I can also think of IT, I always considered the clown as a secondary aspect to the story, what attracts me to that film is the story of the Losers Club and their friendships. Here in this film, we get to see these kids bond and go on that adventure and we can look back at when we were at that age and the friends we had. I can’t remember the details of every scene but I do remember the end and to this day it hits home, and now more than ever. I have to say that in my case I have been lucky to have great friends after the ones I had as a kid. But it is still bittersweet as he writes about the friends he has not seen in 10 years but still admits he’ll miss forever. And that is true because one thing I have learned is that it is hard to keep spending time with groups of friends as growth and changes and time interfere, you always keep them in your heart.

I’m sorry I got a bit sentimental, but that is me and this movie, even when I saw it when I was younger had this effect on me. Back then could have been the bittersweet feeling of fearing that yes eventually my friends and I will grow up and will no longer even see each other, and now as I have to admit that happened and even though I have not spoken to some in a while, they still remain in my memory. These kids were going through different things and they went on this adventure maybe not only to find the body, but also to heal, maybe that is why it has the title, and in life, we all need friends to Stand by our side.

I’m sorry, this can’t fall as a review, but I just felt the desire to share this with whoever decides to read it. And to my friends of all ages, like Lennon and McCartney wrote “in my life, I loved them all.

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