Sunday, May 15, 2011
Stephen King Month: Stand by Me (1986)
Even that little bit is reasonably entertaining, though, and the movie remains enjoyable throughout, whether it's portraying meaningful truths about childhood or just having goofy fun with Sutherland's Ace and his goons knocking over mailboxes. The success of Stand by Me paved the way for a whole bunch of prestige King adaptations, which is a bit of a mixed blessing. But the movie itself is lovely and affecting, and an important showcase for King's range.
How far to Castle Rock: As mentioned, the whole movie takes place in Castle Rock, although Reiner moves the town from Maine to Oregon (where the movie was shot). Reiner subsequently named his production company Castle Rock Entertainment.