The summer of 1989

After binge-watching Cobra Kai, I found myself in the mood to watch the original Karate Kid film.

I scratched that itch, and wasn’t disappointed. I mean, it’s a classic for a reason. Everyone loves a good underdog story. The film more than holds up.

Anyway, being a nostalgic person, I found myself taking a stroll down movie memory lane, which led me to the summer of 1989.

So many highly anticipated movies. So many. Batman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon 2, Ghostbusters II, The Abyss, Back to the future II, Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Star Trek V, Karate Kid III… As a thirteen/year-old boy, I was, needless to say, ecstatic.

Were they all masterpieces? Of course not. I’m not going to sit here and critique these films or list all of the flaws responsible for dragging some of them down. It was an exciting time to be a kid, and a geek; that’s what this post is about.

You see, at the time, Hollywood wasn’t cranking out big-budget comic book movies three times a week. When a sci-fi/fantasy/comic book blockbuster came out, it was a special event, even if it wasn’t that great.

Prior to Batman, what’s the last significant comic book movie we’d been given? Superman IV? It had been awhile. Even more time had passed since the last good comic book movie, which was Superman II.

If you weren’t alive in 1989, or you aren’t old enough to remember, there’s no possible way you can understand the amount of hype that surrounded Batman. Everything was Batman. There were bat symbols everywhere. America was obsessed with Batman, and I was not exempt. I saw it in the theater multiple times and when it came out on videocassette that Christmas, I watched it almost every day.

To this day, I still get chills when I hear the opening strains of Danny Elfman’s amazing score. That movie is pure magic to me and always will be.

And Last Crusade? Come on. Can a movie that good even be made anymore? It’s ridiculous.

Back To The Future II…does anything even need to be said? It’s timeless!

So, what’s the point of this post? Where am I going with all this? Nowhere, I suppose. Just reveling in ’80s nostalgia. I know you want to watch at least one of these movies now. 😉


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