In her theme song for the family-friendly adventure 80s flick, Cyndi Lauper claims that the Goonies are “good enough” for her. She’s way underselling them. They’re not just good enough. They’re great.
Although the whole cast is awesome, it’s particularly
great to see Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, Milk) be a little silly for once in his role as Mikey’s sweatband lovin’ older bro, “Brand,” who will never be as cool as he, and his ego, want him to be. Here’s hoping his latest popcorn flick, Jonah Hex is the beginning of a return to knee-slap-happy type roles. Or at least, the jumping off point (sorry, Joshie, not even Megan Fox can save that pseudo-Western style disaster).Unlike modern day Brolin,
The Goonies isn’t quite Oscar-worthy. The performances, while awesome to watch, are not life-changing. The visuals are a bit dated (today, I’m sure Sloth’s face would be full-out CGI). And the humour is just silly. But that doesn’t really matter. The Gooniesisn’t meant to be serious or award-winning. It’s meant to be fun and over-the-top, sending your adventurously campy side into overdrive. And it does all that, and more, making it a definite contender for modern Friday night sleepovers and Sunday afternoon days in.Many may argue that the cult-classic world’s overwhelming love for
The Goonies comes from nostalgia, with Gen X and Y and Hot Topic putting it on a campy cult pedestal. But it’s not just for 80s babies. Although it’s sadly old enough to have fathered him, The Goonies has entranced my 11-year-old bro. So much so that he asks to re-watch it on a monthly basis. They say Goonies never say die, and I guess they’ll never have to.