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Forever Young

Published September 24, 2020

Forever Young

Film info

  • Title Forever Young
  • Director Steve Miner
  • Year 1992
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
  • Tagline Time waits for no man, but true love waits forever

Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson stars in this romantic action/adventure about a test pilot who is transported from 1939 to 1992 in a top-secret cryogenics experiment, and finally learns how to declare his love for the woman he left behind.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:08“This isn’t good,” he says, nose-diving towards the ground. UNDERSTATEMENT.
6:06Mmmm, Billie Holliday.
9:38Tickling legit is torture.
12:27The salt thing… aww, bad luck.
16:15That rain, again, it always signifies bad things.
21:29“Let me do it. I can’t think anymore.”
24:31“It wasn’t burnt, it was well done. Significantly, dramatically well done.”
32:19It’s quite good acting of someone unfreezing… you don’t have a lot of reference for that kind of thing.
39:25“What the heck happened in the last fifty years?” Pretty much everything.
48:25Test pilot is just one of those jobs that is unbelievable even though someone has to do it.
53:12It is a slight coincidence that there’s an airshow on at the exact time he’s unfrozen.
59:51“The scary thing is all of this was in my cupboards. Lurking.”
1:03:19It’s amazing to think of the things that stay the same, as well as all the change.
1:12:47Bless cute little off-key Elijah.
1:22:15“Misplaced for fifty years.” Heck of a trick.
1:33:04That… was quite stressful. No wonder planes in movies freak me out.

Thoughts

I have fond memories of this movie, I must have watched it a lot when I was younger, certainly it was on video at the time. I was a bit nervous about rewatching it now because most of the films I remember liking have not worked out so well given a modern viewing.

However, although this one isn’t perfect, it stands up pretty well. It’s sentimental and soppy, but I love the semi-time travel elements to it, there’s a romance that isn’t the main obvious story, and then the Daniel character advising Elijah’s young self on romance is just adorable.

Combined with lots of planes in action and messing about with the concept of time, I really loved it still.

Rating: 4 / 5

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