I wanted someone to look me in the eye like I was their real-life hero. Perhaps I would never need to do anything else noteworthy, other than bask in my delicious glory. I'm 27 now, and I have – for better or worse – begun life as a screenwriter and somewhat abandoned this completely irrational idea of being someone's hero, though every now and then I remember it fondly.But perhaps when I remember it most is while I'm watching STAND BY ME, adapted from Stephen King's novella “The Body,” and directed by Rob Reiner in 1986. I first saw the film on a VHS tape when I was 14 or 15 at home in Australia, and what immediately struck me was how much I understood what these boys were going through.
Honestly, I'd like to be some sort of real-life version of Gordie, because, like he did, I've realized that being thoughtful, smart, sincere and generous is what really means something.
In any film the opening scene is one of the most important scenes as it helps the veiwer know if it's worth watching or not.
We know this as you can see the sun hasn't fully come up and therefore the scene has low key lighting.
In the scene there is a car sitting stationary off centre.
The camera continues to close up on the car and you can now see there is a man in this car.
It then cuts to a close up of the man in the from the left hand side from with a low angle shot. The car is no longer a barrier between us and the man in the car.
I was confronted by these kids who felt like they had to do something significant – and quickly – to gain social acceptance. While I was never a young boy, I felt – and still feel – enormously close to these characters as I watch them navigate the hardships of growing up and figuring out what they want, versus what they think they should have, to feel important or worthy.
STAND BY ME is written and directed with an incredible sensitivity and rawness; I'm with Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Chris (the late River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) every step of their long journey, where they ultimately discover that it's not being a hero that's important; rather, what matters is that you were a good friend who stood up for what you believe in.
We then get a better view of the boys on their bikes which is a point of view shot as it is like you are the man watching these boys cycle past.
’s (1986) final line, delivered by Richard Dreyfuss and his green-text computer, is a perfect encapsulation of the film’s entire message.