Monday, August 15, 2011

13. The Lost Boys (1987) 4/10


What, you don't like rice? Tell me Michael, how could a billion Chinese people be wrong?

Quality - 2/5
Enjoyability - 2/5

I'm not really sure why this movie is such a cult classic. The only explanation I can think of is that it solidly owns the "so bad it's good" status and is a pseudo-nostalgic trip back to what the the 17-year-old working at Hot Topic thinks 1987 must've looked like. It's not funny enough to be a comedy, geeky enough to be a vampire movie, scary (or gory) enough to be a horror, sweet enough to be a romance, or cute enough to be a kids movie. While researching it, I saw quite a few folks likening it to other '80s fare such as "The Goonies", "The Karate Kid", or "Back to the Future." No, no, a thousand times no. It doesn't hold down the whimsical charm to be remembered in the same realm as those true classics. The screenplay contains no memorable quips (which explains why I've never heard any), numerous gaping plot holes, and never truly commits to being a farce (if that was, in fact, what it was going for).

One last thing: I don't think a movie ever needs more than one "flying over the water/clouds/amusement park/cliffs" shot. This movie contains so many I lost count including three different ones in the opening five minutes. Painful, simply painful...

1 comment:

  1. This is the movie those who loved The Goonies wanted to see a few years later when they were further into their teens and thought they were going to see a scary vampire flick with a touch of comedy. What they should've watched instead is the brilliant FRIGHT NIGHT.

    Very Twilight was The Lost Boys...