When homage turns to collage.
Netflix has a new movie out, Rim of the World. It’s a re-take on every single classic 80’s adventure ever produced. To a nearly absurd level. Just look at the picture and tell me it doesn’t look like a mash between a half dozen ideas (Red Dawn, Goonies, ET, Stand by Me are pretty evident.)
Loner/nerd kid gets sent to camp, to grow. Makes 3 friends (female, mouthy kid, tough kid). Aliens invade. They need to save the world because every adult around them dies. CGI is a wonderful pastiche of high-school attempts and purposeful stop-motion looks. Montage included. It’s worth a re-watch just to count the number of themes it borrows from other movies.
If Stranger Things hadn’t hit a few years ago, this would be much easier to digest. Stranger Things uses the 80s as a backdrop to tell the story. Here, the 80s are the story.
It’s a no-apology romp, with the hammiest of delivery, and most straightforward plot. There are literally no surprises at all here, everything happens as it should. Which in nostalgic terms, is certainly a plus. People like the comfort of the familiar. And it Netflix is any smarter about this, then we’re going to spent the next 5+ years with films in this vein. 80s/early 90s people are the main target for Netflix, so why not get those eyeballs?
It’s a solid B movie, where it doesn’t try to ever take itself seriously.
Also new on Netflix – Bash Brothers. Now that is worth a watch, just not with the kids around!