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Analyse, review and comment on "Stand By Me" with particular reference to genre Kirsty Day 10y1 "Stand By Me" is a film directed by Rob Reiner, which is based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King. Stand By Me is the story of four twelve year olds living in a small town in the year 1959, whose lives were changed by a chance adventure that they embarked on at the end of an indolent summer. The four boys were Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Chris Chambers (River Phoenix), Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman), and Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell). It fits into the film genre coming of age. This genre is outlines as a small group of individuals who have a life changing experience in the natural world. They are usually are the same sex, If not the opposing character would be more masculine/feminine and clearly more suited to hanging round with the group of the opposite sex. The director of the film is keen to show a very strong message, which is apparent though out the film. We are alone in this long journey to adulthood. He expresses this in a variety of ways. One method is cinematography. ...read more.


Reiner has set this film up to show the boys coming of age, and as mentioned before, the scenery and the composition help that. But there are also other factors that contribute to that. The four main actors performances and direction really brings it along. The boys are at the age in which they share everything and they haven't quite started with girls so the dialogue is empty of female confusion, as it should be. They break down and lift each other back up. The characters have a real raw connection, which is well shown on film. The camera is well suited to catching their emotion; a lot of close shots are used. Each individual plays his character in a different way, but in one sense they all unite as 'the boys'. This is particularly seen in the campfire scene. A very important scene to the film, it shows so many things about the boys: The fact they are different, the fact they are same. They enjoy humour and cigarettes and discussing everything under the sun. Gordie, the protagonist is seen as a shy, clever boy, who tires effortlessly to impress his parents but to no avail. ...read more.


This gives him a chance to be important in the pecking order of the club, and he brings this information to the other boys. Another good thing about the film is that Reiner does not sanitise at all, the film is a 15 (or a R in USA), and it's full of the language you'd expect. This is not a children's film just because it is about children. It has not been given the 'Disney affect'. Which is remove all the bad language, appear to give all the children either a very extensive or a tiny vocabulary and make everything seem American perfect. Because that is not this film at all. The best scene to show this is the scene in which Gordie and then Ace find the body. The two boys in the presence of fear and a threat to their own lives come of age together. When the boys find the body Gordie gets upset and goes quiet. Typical, you'd all think. But then, he, taking his place next to Chris stands up with the gun and really that's when you know, he has smoothly become a man. All thanks to Reiner. ...read more.

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