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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

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DVD Regions All regions
Actor(s) Barret Oliver, Gerald McRaney, Drum Garrett, Darryl Cooksey, Nicholas Gilbert
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English Movie
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Format DVD
DVD Regions All regions
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, action
Censor Rating U (Universal)
Actor(s) Barret Oliver, Gerald McRaney, Drum Garrett, Darryl Cooksey, Nicholas Gilbert
Director(s) Wolfgang Petersen
Studio Indus

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  1.  Such a time waste and comprise from humour to watch this ! 30 May, 2014 On
    What's this movie all about?? This question really strikes every minute when you watch this movie thinking to get the feeling of an adventure or any lesson. But only thing you will do is time wasting.
    As it is an epic fantasy movie, its story goes round and round without any humour having uninteresting characters which makes so depressing that one will never wish to even have a glance of its cover.
    Coming to its content :
    the movie begins with a little boy named Bastian Bux who is quiet in nature and loves to read story books. ---- This fact is encouraging to school going students to grab their books and start reading all of their story books. On his way he was followed by bullies who throws him to the garbage bin and orders him to not come out. Even then, Bastian rans away and hides in a nearby book store where he sees that the bookseller reading a thick book to which he asks about the same. The book seller warns him to never read that book and says that " It is not safe". But according to his usual nature, Bastian borrows the book leaving a note containing " I will return it". he then hides in the school's one of the empty classes and starts reading the book. - --- Till now it is quite ok to expect that something fascinating will going to be happened but lets see what you will get... In the book's beginning, three characters were introduced who talks about meeting the empress to get rid over "The Nothing".----- This word The Nothing makes to think anybody that what were they talking about. What's the nothing. So, they start their rides to the way to the Ivory Tower from where the empress rules over fantasia world. After reaching there they come to know that a young boy named Atreyu has been summoned by the empress to stop the evil power the Nothing. And a magnificent medallion named Auryn was given to Atreyu for his guidance and his protection. Then Atreyu sets for his way to find the way to end the Nothing. Then he was directed to his first hurdle The Swamp of Sadness where an ancient creature resides. After going deeper to the swamps, Atreyu losts his beloved horse but got protected himself by the Auryn. ---- This was the saddest part of the whole movie. When Atreyu reaches to the creature, he gets surprised when he comes to know that the creature was a giant tortoise. Reading this Bastian also screams out loud. ---- Bastian screams are most irritating as he screamed a lot in the movie. But even in the swamps he was directed towards the Southerm Oracle. When heading towards the south, Atreyu starts sinking in the swamps but dog like looking dragon saves him who tooks Atreyu to the southern oracle.------- After this the movie becomes so slow that anybody would get bored and feel to run away. He was helped by two weird and tiny looking scientist like creatures who helps him to retain its energy and tells him about the oracle and the way to reach them. He crosses those oracle and reaches to a mirror where he sees the reflection of Bastian reading the book.----- Again Bastian after reading this shows irritating behaviour. He throws the book and shouts. But once again he started to read the book. He comes to know that the only way to save the fantasia world is to find a human child who will give princess a new name. Atreyu and the dragon set up to reach the fantasia boundary ---- I couldn't understand Why?? but Atreyu losts in the way losing Auryn along. He reaches to a cave where he sees wall paintings of the whole incident he passed through. There he faces a beast named Gmork who tells him about Fantasia's ending and tries to attack Atreyu but got killed by Atreyu with a sharp Stone. Then the dragon finds Atreyu and goes to the fantasia world where Atreyu sees that Fantasia is floating in pieces in a vacuum like space. The evil power starts destroying the Ivory tower and then princess asks Bastian to give her a new name. After getting these words directly from princess Bastian goes to the window and shouts Moonchild and his room goes dark. Then Bastian sees that he is in vacuum like space and empress standing near. She gives him the last grain of shining grain and tells him to make wish to restore the fantasia world. After wishing, Bastian finds himself sitting on the luck dragon flying over the fantasia and sees that Atreyu riding his horse. He then whispers something into the ears of dragon and then dragon starts chasing those wicked kids.
    So, this is the content of the movie which can make feeling bored even by reading this. What are the reasons to not watch it???
    > The first one is from its very beginning, there is no such interesting or any encouragement scene which makes depressing to watch.
    > The second one is the movie goes really slow making to feel that the movie completely suits to the topic "The neverending story".
    > The ending was completely out of my mind. What relates that giving a new name to the empress changes the fortune.
    > The visual was good but most creatures really don't relates to any scene and feels like useless except the dragon and the horse.
    > The evil beast talks Atreyu and tells him about the happening and mis-happening in fantasia world. Even he has a kind of horrible looks and voice, he was killed so easily and instantly showing that he doesn't had any special evil powers giving a lame kind of impression. So, overall there is no reason to watch this movie except for a 4 years kid as an exception. There are a lot of better fantasy movies to watch rather than to wasting time on this humourless movie. So, do not go for this movie.
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     Don't Go For This Movie ! 30 April, 2014 On
    This movie is about a book lover boy and his happenings.
    The kingdom of Fantasia is about to be wiped out, and the enemy isn't an evil wizard or a thermonuclear device, it's Nothingness. That's right, an inexorable wave of Nothingness is sweeping over the kingdom, destroying everything in its path. Were children's movies this nihilistic in the old days?

    The only thing standing between Fantasia and Nothingness is the faith of a small boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver). He discovers the kingdom in a magical bookstore, and as he begins to read the adventure between the covers, it becomes so real that the people in the story know about Bastian. How could that be? Well, that's the very first question Bastian asks. This is a modern kid with quite a healthy amount of skepticism, but what can he do when he turns the page and the Child Empress (Tami Stronach) is begging him to give her a name so that Fantasia can be saved?

    The idea of the story within a story is one of the nice touches in "The NeverEnding Story." Another one is the idea of a child's faith being able to change the course of fate. Maybe not since the kids in the audience were asked to save Tinker Bell in "Peter Pan" has the outcome of a story been left so clearly up to a child's willingness to believe. There is a lot we have to believe in "The NeverEnding Story," and that's the other great strength of this movie. It contains some of the more inventive special-effects work of a time when battles in outer space, etc., have grown routine. Look for example, at "The Last Starfighter," where the special effects are competent but never original -- all the visual concepts are ripped off from "Star Wars" -- and then look at this movie, where an entirely new world has been created.

    The world of Fantasia contains creatures inspired by Alice in Wonderland (a little man atop a racing snail), "The Muppets" (a cute dragon-dog that can fly), and probably B.C. (a giant made of stone, who snacks on quartz and rumbles around on his granite tricycle). Many of the special effects involve sophisticated use of Muppet-like creatures (there are scenes that reminded me of "The Dark Crystal"). They are, in a way, more convincing than animation, because they exist in three dimensions and have the same depth as their human co-stars. And that illusion, in turn, helps reinforce the more conventional effects like animation, back projection, and so on. The world of this movie looks like a very particular place, and the art direction involved a lot of imagination. The movie's director, Wolfgang Petersen, is accustomed to creating worlds in small places; his last film, "Das Boot" (The Boat), took place almost entirely within a submarine.

    Within the world of Fantasia, a young hero (Noah Hathaway) is assigned to complete a hazardous quest, sneak past the dreaded portals of some stone amazons, and reach the Ivory Tower, where he will receive further instructions from the empress. In most movies, this quest would be told in a straightforward way, without the surrounding story about the other little boy who is reading the book.

    But "The NeverEnding Story" is about the unfolding of a story, and so the framing device of the kid hidden in his school attic, breathlessly turning the pages, is interesting. It lets kids know that the story isn't just somehow happening, that storytelling is a neverending act of the imagination.
    So, it is just a movie for kids which will make feel boring
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