…The Neverending Story? Oh my, I fondly remember that movie. It was back in the day before DVD. Yes, Video Cassettes were out but my parents had decided against TV and Video. So, The Neverending Story (1984) was reserved for the days we went to visit our family friends. And, without fail, I’d beg and plead to watch it…beg and plead because they had become sick of it (the last few times I ended up watching on my own while they did their own thing). Naturally, with the limited viewing chances, I couldn’t get enough of it. And I bet you have the theme tune bouncing through your head right now, don’t you?
What’s it about? If you aren’t of “that” generation…well, it is about the land/world of Fantastia dying. And Bastian Balthazar Bux, our unlikely hero in the “real” world, going on a parallel adventure with Atreyu, a character in the book.
It all starts out with Bastian being bullied and taking refuge in the closest door he can find. This turns out to be a bookshop and the store owner is reading something that intrigues the young boy. Ending up with this book in the school attic he is absorbed into the story in such a way that he becomes a key part of it. There is a more serious message that I feel is more and more earnest in this day where the beauty of imagination and the ability to create one’s own fantastical world is becoming a rarity.
I have the DVD in my collection and recently re-watched it. Yes, it has a very 80s look to it but there is something special about it. Something magical. Something nostalgic. Many find it cheesy and silly, others love it but whatever you think, it is definitely one that can’t be ignored when looking at 80s movies. Specifically fantasy ones.
Based on the wonderful (yes, it really is wonderful) book my Michael Ende, it stars Barret Oliver as Bastian and Noah Hathaway as Atreyu.
Is it 80s Fantasy Film Genre Grandeur worthy? Yes, yes, definitely.
Just…whatever you do…do not watch the second one…
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