If you don't know what The Goonies is, you probably shouldn't read this article... or maybe you should, so I can convince you that it’s amazing. It's one of my all-time favorite movies, and here's why.
1. It's The Original 'Stranger Things'
After reading this article, you better go back and watch The Goonies and Stranger Things and note the similarities. A rag-tag group of misfits going on an adventure is not the only connection. However, many tropes like the fat friend, the older brother, the brother's romantic interest, and the 80s styles are found in both and help to form even more connections like the out-of-touch adults and underground treks.
2. Beautifully-80s Soundtrack
Thanks to Cyndi Lauper and Dave Grusin, The Goonies soundtrack is iconic. Lauper wrote a song for the film titled "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" and went on to be her fifth top ten single. Grusin's composition of the film's theme a typical 80s adventuring theme, but a classic. So classic that it's been my mom's ringtone for close to ten years.
3. Typical 80s-Related Flaws
4. It's Wholesome, Even Though A Bunch Of 12-Year-Olds Almost Die
5. Character Tropes With A Twist
As I mentioned in the first point, there are a number of character tropes in The Goonies. One of my rules of writing is if you're going to use a trope, make it interesting. Some may argue that this film doesn't stray away from the typical afterschool special tropes, but I beg to differ. What I appreciate about the characters is that they are put into the category of being Goonies. Giving them this label puts them into a specific brotherhood of outcasts and adventurers. This brings a unique fellowship amongst the characters that typically doesn't exist in movies or TV shows that have similar tropes.
6. Baby Samwise Gamgee
7. An Analysist's Dream
My favorite part of watching movies and TV is to find moments of foreshadowing or allusion. In The Goonies, foreshadowing can be found everywhere. For example, if you look at the gif in point one, you will notice there is a line of music on the back of the map. That is a plot point later on in the movie and it's hinted at in the very beginning. Additionally, in the beginning, an elaborate mechanism opens the Walsh's front door, subtly hinting at the various booty traps later on. Booby traps, that's what I said.