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Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Never Ending Story (German, 1984)

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Cast: Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway
Genre: Fantasy

Plot: A young, introvert boy divulges into the mysterious world of 'Fantasia' through the medium of a magical book.

Never Ending StoryBased on the famous fantasy novel by same name, it is a definite must watch for fantasy lovers. Keeping in mind it was made in the early 80s, special effects are quite commendable and story is well told. Compared to this, sequel made in 90s (starring Jack Black) is loaded with some horrid SFX! 

Only drawback: Movie is primarily focused at a preteen audience unlike some of today’s fantasy giants. But Petersen can’t be blamed for that, as back then probably viewership base for fantasy movies was quite age restrictive and the fantasy genre itself wasn’t so grand in world of cinema.    

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