The Never Ending Story – 1984 – English – Drama – Family – Fantastic
The Never Ending Story – 1984 – English
Film directed in 1984 by Wolfgang Petersen, and starring Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Moses Gunn, Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley, Thomas Hill, Deep Roy…
Synopsis: Hidden in the attic of his school, Bastian devours during class hours an enigmatic book, “The endless story”, which recounts the gradual destruction of the Kingdom of Fantasy. A kind of mysterious “Nothing” destroys the country and the creatures that inhabit it. As the reading progresses, Bastian realizes that Fantasia’s salvation depends on him; to get inside the book…
Review: Finally, the truth about stories. The fact is, nothing ever really ends, and thusly, someone had to say so. That’s what this movie does, and it does it ever so elegantly.
A young boy, who knows so much about the “Lord Of The Rings”, and “Beowulf” is about to find out something more real as he borrows a mystical book he finds enchanting. the even more powerful fact, is that once the book is opened, it will never close. Just as life never really ends on this earth, neither to stories.
The book, titled “The Never Ending Story”, is about Fantasia, a world that is dying, and an unbelievably horrifying substance known as “The Nothing”, is enclosing it. A young warrior must face the danger of finding a cure. On earth, or in the book, life is intertwined to reach the ultimate answer to a young boys fears, and a young warriors quest. Film is full of some really lovable characters such as Falkor, the luck dragon, and the Rock Biter. Then, there is the Gmorg, whom I believe, is the most wretched creature in cinema. That thing is scary! In any case, film starts out as colorful and mystical, and grows dark and nightmarish with every scene, leading to a wonderful message about the substance that keeps Fantasia , and every other world out there, alive. Beautiful, just beautiful. A classic.