Now, a quarter century after it debuted, the surviving big names in the cast and crew reunited to celebrate the audience favorite film (and to announce the release of the 25th anniversary Blu-Ray). River Phoenix, who played Chris Chambers, sadly passed away in 1993 (far too young), but his fellow actors were there -- Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss (the movie's narrator), and director Rob Reiner (I will have to write a retrospective on his movies soon, he really is an excellent filmmaker). It would have been nice if Kiefer Sutherland, who played Ace Merrill, was also there, but, alas, we can't have everything.
Stephen King managed to tell a classic coming-of-age story about a group of boys searching for the body of a missing kid. Reiner perfectly captured the look and feel of the "summer of 1959," blending humor with adventure. There's plenty of drama as the boys are threatened by a teenage gang, and loads of nostalgia for any age, really, conveying universal truths about growing up.
Stand By Me is a heroic journey, a cinematic gem that touches the heart, inspires the mind, and thrills the gut. In the two and a half decades since the movie has been released, if you have never seen it, now is the perfect time. Check it out, and be entertained. As the tagline says, "For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life. But for everyone, it's the time that memories are made of."