There is a line uttered in Stand By Me right at the end, where our narrator, tells us of the friends he had when he was 12 and how it is difficult to find the same kind of friendship in life at a later stage. This got me thinking about how we use nostalgia as a source of comfort. Whenever we think of the past and if it’s something remotely nice, we end up overlooking the more unsavory parts of those memories. Take the movie for example. Despite all the problems that the boys have in their lives, they rely on their friendship to get them through life. Even if that friendship has its ups and downs, it is nonetheless that something they can look back at anytime and it will bring a smile to their face. Nostalgia also helps us understand something about life which is:
The way to appreciate something when we are in that moment. All of us are guilty of this at various points in our lives. Sometimes when you are alone with your thoughts, your mind wanders around trying ways to fix things you know that are long gone. Well I think that’s enough of philosophy, let’s get back to the movie. This is a film that shows one aspect of teenagers that many films gloss over. It shows that no matter how close we are to someone and however important we may be to them, there is every chance of people drifting apart. This is a fine film not because of how nostalgic it makes us feel but due to the way it affects us. We see parts of ourselves in each of the boys and that makes us feel every emotion they feel. I would recommend this film to people not just for a dose of nostalgia but also to see life for what it is – a bittersweet journey.
Until next time, bye.