RAMBLE / MOVIE
Although video games started in the 70s, the 80s is when they really took off and got implemented into popular culture and into most kids lives. Like most kids who grew up in the decade I found myself attracted to arcades and consoles, although my first home video game experience was on the Commodore 64 computer. It was fun but the loading times were atrocious. Then the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) came along and basically started the craze for the pastime that we still know today. Sure, there was Atari, Sega, and a bunch of others but Nintendo really took it over the top. Of course, there had to be a 80’s movie about video gaming: this one brought to you by Nintendo, of course.
I recently got hit by a nostalgia lightning bolt when me and my girl were replaying the fortress level in the first world of the classic NES game Super Mario Bros 3. That level has a secret room before the ending that gives the player a “warp whistle” and is featured in the movie (which subsequently gives the tournament win in the movie). I just couldn’t remember the name of the film. Even my fellow 80’s nostalgic friend, David, couldn’t remember it. Then, sigh, Google saved me by using a few well placed keywords. Yes, yes, even though I’d love to go back to the 80’s and forego today’s technologies, I must admit that they have their uses and would miss some of them. Anyhow, the movie is: The Wizard (1989), starring Fred Savage, Christian Slater, and is the debut of Tobey Maguire.
Of course, critics of the movie say that it is nothing more than a feature length commercial for Nintendo. In a way it is true but nonetheless is an unavoidable movie for 80’s kids. Since I was a young teen at that point, I remember it fondly although I recall also being very critical of the gaming prowess’ being shown. Me and David were shouting “there’s no way he could have known about the warp whistle on his own!”. Hehe, I reckon it was child ego at its best.
I thank you nostalgia, once again, for helping me find today’s world bearable by means of escaping into you…