If you grew up in the same decade as me, then there is no greater feeling than the sense of nostalgia that you get from watching some childhood favourites. Movies from our childhood are powerful, and can transport us back to a simpler time. Here’s my top 3 favourites from the 80s and 90s.
What happens when you accidentally wish away your baby half brother into the evil clutches of a Goblin King? Well, if the Goblin King happens to be David Bowie, then you’re in for the test of a lifetime- finish a grueling Labrynth within 13 hours, or have your baby brother raised by goblins. Other than David Bowie, our 15 year old hero, and the baby, the characters are pretty much all silly puppets. David Bowie has sick dance moves, and his over the top ridiculousness makes this movie perfect for kids and adults. It’s got a devoted cult following, and you’ll see why if you haven’t watched this bizarre children’s fantasy movie before. I loved this movie growing up, and it stills holds magic for me even today.
Home Alone 1990
Ah, Home Alone. This movie fulfills that childhood fantasy of being able to do whatever you want, without adults dictating your every move. Unfortunately for the young Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), an well-off empty house with no occupants except for a child is a tempting target for would-be burglars. Re-watch this comedy, and make sure to check out Joe Pesci as one of the burglars! Totally flew over my head when I was a kid, I never knew the burglar was an actor more known for his tough as nails mob figures than for heartwarming Christmas comedies for kids. I watched this one again recently, and still found it funny- and not just for its nostalgic value (ok, partly because of its nostalgic value)
The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
Now this children’s fantasy comedy is a little darker, and it holds up well for re-watching by adult audiences. It’s amazing what these animators can do with stop motion action, providing a film that delves into some fantastical realms of monsters, ghouls, and dark creatures. The stop motion holds up, and gives the movie a really cool almost marionette like feel to the resident’s of the spooky town. If you haven’t seen it, this movie is about the Pumpkin King bringing Christmas to the unwilling residents “Halloween Town”- a desire that borders on obsession as he grows more and more frustrated by his subjects’ inability to grasp the concept. It’s quite a dark fantasy comedy, and it has some great musical scores. A hit with the critics and the general public.
Well, those are my 3 iconic comedies from my childhood that have stuck with me ever since. What are yours? Leave a comment below with your list.