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By AARON SKETCHLEY (aaronsketch@HOTdelete_thisMAIL.com) Ver 1.2 2021.08.31

Adventure Film Reviews


The Adventures of Tintin

The Goonies

Jumanji

King Kong (2005)

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Mummy

The Adventures of Tintin

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The Goonies

3.5 stars

Release date: 1985
Written by: Chris Columbus
Directed by: Richard Donner
Review by: Aaron Sketchley
Reviewed on: 2021.08.30
"Mickey" Walsh, older brother "Brand" Walsh, neighbour "Data" Wang, and friends "Chunk" Cohen and "Mouth" Devereaux live in the "Goon Docks" of Astoria, Oregon. They are facing the eminent foreclosure of their homes and a move to different cities that will see their circle of friends broken up. On their last weekend together, they discover an old treasure map in the Walshes' attic to a legendary treasure purportedly buried nearby. Mickey convinces the others to look for the treasure, and the kids tie up Brand so that they can get out of the house. The kids make their way to, and then into an abandoned restaurant on the coast that coincides with landmarks on the map. Brand soon shows up followed by "Andy" Carmichael and her friend "Stef" Steinbrenner. The group discovers a tunnel in the basement. However, they also discover that the Fratelli crime family are using the restaurant as a hideout. The kids have no choice but to escape by heading into the tunnel, and follow the clues on the map, in the hopes that it'll lead them to safety.

The Goonies is one of the better 80's action-adventure films. While it never strays too far beyond PG-13 territory, it is a thrilling ride with plenty of chills coming from unexpected places. The film is also nostalgic, as the protagonists are all on the cusp of young adulthood, and there is a sense that this is their last great adventure as children, before they discover the opposite sex. This is underscored by the relatively older Brand and Andy, who are much more interested in each other than whatever treasure the map purportedly leads to.

The highlight is Sean Astin as Mickey. While he plays the role of the kid perfectly in the earlier scenes where he struggles to say the right words, it's a joy to see him later delivering some of the finest movie speeches to motivate the others into continuing the adventure to the end of the map. The film is fast paced, ingenious, entertaining, and—most importantly—fun and funny.

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Jumanji

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King Kong (2005)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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The Mummy

2.5 stars

Release date: 1999
Written by: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin Jarre
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Review by: Aaron Sketchley
Reviewed on: 2016.05.01
A low rent Indiana Jones. Although the CG effects haven't held up, the charisma and chemistry between the actors has, and the comedic timing is spot on. The good guys are all uniquely memorable and fun, and the bad guys are all deliciously bad in their own ways. And this film makes sure that they get their just desserts in the end—some of them even getting it more then once!

This movie plays fast and loose with history, culture and language. It's probably best to not watch this one with a critical mind, to unplug, and just go with the flow. If so, you may find yourself pleasantly distracted from the daily grind for a few hours.

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