Sunday, September 19, 2010

87. The Neverending Story (1984)


Having a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a quest.

Great movies are so involving that you forget that you are watching a movie and truly invest in the story and characters. Most of the time, movies attempt to do this by creating characters that the viewer can connect with in some way. This is pretty easy to do in dramas or comedies, but more abstract genres such as sci-fi or fantasy sometimes have quite a bit of trouble doing this. It's pretty hard to connect to someone who is riding a unicorn, docking a spaceship, or wielding a lasersword, things that a viewer will never do. "The Neverending Story" finds a unique way to solve this problem. The viewer is taken on a journey to the magical world of Fantasia through the eyes of a normal young truant named Bastain as he reads the movie's namesake book. This is especially powerful during the conclusion of the film as Bastain's fourth wall comes down to reveal his power over the storyline.

All of this is icing on the cake of an exciting, daring, sad adventure as Atreyu and Falcor the Luckdragon fight to save the Fantasia and the Childlike Empress from the Nothing.

PS: You know that you would give up a year's salary for one ride on a luckdragon.... You KNOW this.....

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