So, I just finished reading The Neverending Story by Michael Ende and of course the whole time I kept thinking about the 1984 classic fantasy movie directed by Wolfgang Peterson. My son Tristan loaned me the book and I promised him I would do a movie post! This beloved film is basically the first half of the book and is a pretty darned good adaptation, although I heard the author didn't dig it, I thought It stayed as close to the story as movie versions usually do, and while there are changes, as there always are, the spirit of the book pretty much remains.
Bastian (Barret Oliver) who's mother has recently died, is the kid that gets picked on and bullied, you know the kind of kid, creative, sensitive, loves to read and make of fantastic stories. Your basic middle school target. He dashes into a big used bookstore run by Mr Coreander on his way home from school to escape the pursuing bullies that are after him. While hiding out, he discovers an unusual book decorated with an emblem of two intertwined snakes each biting the others tail. The book is irresistible, so Bastian takes it and runs right to his school, up to the attic, and begins to read.
|Deep Roy as Teeny Weeny with his racing snail.|
|The Child-Like Empress.|
|The design for AUREN|
|Atreyu and his horse Artax.|
|"They can't be talking about me!"|
|Atreyu talks with Morla|
|The Sphynx gate of the Southern Oracle|
|Atreyu scratches Falcor behind the ear.|
|I love this publicity shot of Atreyu and Bastian!|
Spoiler Alert: In the book, we learn that what The Nothing pulls away from Fantasia, ends up becoming delusions and broken dreams in the human world. The balance between the two is vital to the survival of both.
I love this old movie, it's just a lovely fantasy with a big heart that I love to revisit from time to time. If you love it too, be sure to check out the book, I promise, you won't be disappointed!
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