"The Goonies", although aimed at young teens, is an old-fashioned, matinee-type adventure film that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It is fast-paced & action-packed in true "Indiana Jones" style, only this time the heroes of the movie are a bunch of young teenagers from a seaside town on the west coast of America.
The plot kicks in when this bunch of kids, who call themselves "The Goonies", uncover a treasure map showing the whereabouts of "One-Eyed Willy's" hidden treasure. They take on the search in the hope that the treasure will save them & their families from being evicted from their homes by greedy land developers.
The kids are not the only ones who know about the treasure. In hot pursuit are the villanous Fratelli family who will stop at nothing to get the loot. The Fratellis are led by Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) & her right-hand man, henchman Robert Davi ( he later starred as the super-villian in the 007 film "License To Kill" ) in a very early screen role.
The child-stars are all excellent in their roles, thanks to the brilliant direction of Richard Donner, best known for directing the classic comic-book fantasy "Superman The Movie". Standout characters are Data, the young gadget inventor (Ke Huy Quan better known as Short Round from "Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom") & Chunk (Jeff Cohen) the loveable fat kid who supplies most of the film's comedy relief.
"The Goonies" is the type of adventure story young teenagers can only dream about. The film provides them with the opportunity to live-out their fantasies as our young heroes trek through underground caves, escape treacherous booby traps, slide down steep waterfalls, jump aboard a gigantic pirate ship & take part in hand to hand combat with the villians. The film also features a strong music score, a highlight being the Cyndi Lauper hit, "Good Enough".
I saw "The Goonies" on the big-screen in a cinema in in 1985 & I was simply blown away by it. I own a copy of it & whenever I get the opportunity to watch it, I find it is just as entertaining now as it was on my original viewing. I would recommend "The Goonies" as a must see. It is a thrill a minute adrenaline rush of non-stop cliffhanging chills & gasps, that any young teenager would not want to miss.