We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is that we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is …
Teddy: This is my age! I’m in the prime of my youth, and I’ll only be young once!
Chris: Yeah, but you’re gonna be stupid for the rest of your life. #dirtysmith #standbyme #blacksmithing #blacksmith (at dirtysmith.com)
Why can’t movies be like ones from the ‘80s anymore?
Do you know what I miss about my childhood? The way that we felt things. Every moment was meaningful. We got scared, but were fearless. We hadn’t yet conformed to a mold. We could dream without expecting disappointment. We could make a fool of ourselves in front of our friends. We could tell stories that didn’t have endings. We were free.
As an adult (not sure if I like that word yet or not), I love watching coming-of-age movies, especially those made in the ‘80s. There’s something pure and raw about those films. They make you want to recapture the innocence about the future. Life wasn’t perfect, but it was felt. I recently watched Stand By Me (tonight, actually). I had always loved the song by Ben E. King, and had watched another ‘80s classic the other weekend which inspired me to search for other films I hadn’t seen from that decade. There were many powerful moments in the film that made me wish more movies were made like this one.
For example, the scene where Gordie tells Chris that he wished he would have died instead of his brother as they sit next to the body of another young boy is one of the most heart-wrenching yet encouraging moments in cinema I’ve seen in my life. It’s heart-wrenching because you realize the reason that Gordie wanted to go on this adventure to begin with: he hadn’t processed the death of his brother, Denny, yet. You also realize the complexity and impact of his parent’s grief of Denny’s death on him. And you also have the opportunity to suffer with Gordie as he struggles with doubting his own self-worth.
On the other hand, it’s an encouraging moment for the viewer in terms of the choices made by the producers of the film. Chris and Gordie express pure vulnerability and selfless friendship in this moment which is a rarity in movies today. These boys are not afraid to express themselves. They have pure compassion for each other, and are not afraid to show that compassion. It’s also encouraging because it teaches the viewer that although there is suffering, one doesn’t need to and shouldn’t suffer alone. The exchange shows that there can also be healing and hope that can be made through friendship.
If I were to guess what would happen in this particular scene if it were produced today, I would confidently say that we wouldn’t see this level of vulnerability from young male actors. I’d imagine the exchange between Chris and Gordie would involve some type of guttural noise and blank look on the part of Gordie, a swig of stolen whiskey, and a punch on the shoulder from Chris with a phrase like “Yea, man” or some off-color joke that somehow makes the situation less sad. But is that better? Yes, it may make the scene more palpable to the audience, but that’s not what childhood or adolescence or really life should be portrayed as, because that’s not what really happens. We suffer, and that should be expressed.
The last line that the writer types on his (very outdated) computer is:
“I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”
I completely agree. I don’t know who I would be today without the selfless, loyal, and weird friends that I had (and still have to this day) when I was twelve. This movie is hands down probably one of the best that I’ve ever seen because it really captures the essence of the friendships that everyone should experience growing up. I know that I’m thankful for mine.
Chapters: 13/13 Fandom: Supernatural Rating: Explicit Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death Relationships: Dean/Castiel, Sam/Jess, Balthazar/Castiel Characters: Dean Winchester, Castiel, Sam Winchester, Balthazar, Jessica Moore, Adam Milligan, Tessa, Hester, Gabriel, Michael, Rachel, Ash, Victor Henriksen Additional Tags: DeanCas Big Bang, Twist and Shout, AU Summary:
What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era where homosexuality was especially vulnerable, Twist and Shout is the story of the love transcending time, returning over and over in its many forms, as faithful as the sea.
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