You’re eight years old, running around the garden, ‘treasure map’ (drawn in crayon) in one hand and a ‘sword’ (stick) in the other... is what it feels like when you watch The Goonies, no matter what age.
Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg combine forces to bring this pirate themed adventure with genuine thrills and danger long forgotten in today’s family films. A group of daring kids stumble upon an ancient map to a treasure once held by the pirate One-Eyed Willy. The map leads them to a secret cove full of traps, but a family of crooks are hot on their heels.
The Goonies walks a thin line between the cheerful and the gruesome, and the very scenes the adults might object to are the ones the younguns will like the best. I wouldn’t say it’s timeless - it falls more into the cult side - something that’s half remembered in a hazy childhood memory than in reality. But those who love it, really love it (I wore that VHS down good) and it’s an adventure that shouldn't be forgotten, because they really are, not made like this anymore. (Jack Whiting) Absolument. Bring the street.