Monday, 4 August 2014

The NeverEnding Story Review

The NeverEnding Story

Release Date: 26th December 1984 - Australia

Production Companies
Neue Constantin Film Produktion 
Producers Sales Organisation 

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: G

Runtime: 107 minutes (original)
               90 minutes

Budget: $27,000,000

Box Office Gross: $100,000,000

Plot Summary
It's about a lonely young 
boy who escapes the 
ugliness of his everyday 
life by retreating into a 
mysterious book that 
carries him into a 
shimmering world of 
creatures, giant forests 
and massive oceans. 
An awesome world but 
a world in decay and 
whose existence is 
threatened by... The 

Barrett Oliver - Bastian Bux
Noah Hathaway - Atreyu
Tami Stronach - The 
Childlike Empress
Alan Opponheimer - Gmork/
Falkor/The Rock Biter/Narrator 
Moses Gunn - Cairon 
Thomas Hill - Carl Conrad 
Deep Roy - Teeny Weeny
Tilo Pr├╝ckner - Nighthob 
Sydney Bromley - Engywook
Patricia Hayes - Urgl

Screenplay/Director - Wolfgang 
Based on Novel "The Never-
Ending Story - Michael Ende
Screenplay - Herman Weigel
Additional Dialogue - Robert 
Co-Producer - Gunter Rohrbach
Producers - Bernd Eichnger
and Dieter Geissler
Production Designer/Set 
Decorator - Rolf Zehetbauer 
Conceptual Artist/Creature/
Scenery/Costume Designer - 
Ul De Rico
Special Effects Makeup 
Supervisor - Colin Arthur
Costume Designer - Diemut 
Director of Photography - Jost Vacano
Director of Visual Effects - 
Brian Johnson
Film Editor - Jane Seitz
Music - Giorgio Moroder and
Klaus Doldinger
Lyrics: The NeverEnding
Story - Keith Forsey
Singer: The NeverEnding
Story - Limahl 

Probably one of the well-known fantasy movies that made me feel so joyful, everything I have watched in my childhood memories, STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES and now this one can be in my opinion, regarded as absolutely equal in its spirituality of showing adventure and fantasy. Since I've watched THE NEVERENDING STORY a long time ago, it drew me to think about these lifelike images that I can't get rid of. Now it's been years apart after the film's premiere, this dark fantasy tale THE NEVERENDING STORY is still making the young audience look cherished, haunted and traumatised. Now remember this mates, it's from the 80s pop culture and it may look dated to some, but it certainly never loses any host of appeal for the newly-obsessed fans. 

The film's main factors that made it wholesome aged very well to this present time and day. The performances from the child actors were so full of live energy and talent, the two main stars Barrett Oliver and Noah Hathaway were once so young as Bastian and Atreyu that their characters barely interact in each of its scenes. I could think of nothing more scary and real than the fantasy creatures which were created by the pre-digital puppetry and such other techniques, they started to freak me out as a child when I had not seen the movie yet and did not know to expect.

It's too bad, the sequels could not sustain the standards or the ambiguity of the original. Which is why the predecessor holds greater esteem from the people who have saw it even kids and teens. I invite fans to leave their comments and feedback to this review, I would love to hear the public opinions out there for this fantasy epic.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever

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