Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Neverending Story (1984)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (7.4).
“It's only a story! It's not real.” — Bastian
The 80's were a surprisingly rich source of kid-oriented epic fantasy films, and despite the stiff competition this film may well have been the best of them. At first glance, the film almost seems like a pro-library PSA, but it also has a surprisingly rich texture and depth to it. It's also surprisingly postmodern, and for once I don't mean that in the "sarcastically self-aware characters" sense: it's basically German existentialism meets House of Leaves... for kids! I'm not a fan of how the film left out the themes from the second half of the book, but there was probably no way to do it given that the film already runs 100 minutes, and that's after clearly omitting some important characterization. I guess I'm just bitter about the sequel, and how badly it botched the material. Anyway, this film is totally worth watching. Score: 4 stars out of 4 (possibly influenced by the awesome that is the theme song).

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