Radio Flyer (1992)

Lorraine Bracco, John Heard, Adam Baldwin, Elijah Wood,
A father recounts a dark period of his childhood when he and his little brother lived in the suburbs.
  • 7.0 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Richard Donner, David Mickey Evans, Director:
  • Lauren Shuler Donner, Producer:

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10/10 / 10

Everything about this film is simply incredible. You truly take thisjourney through the eyes and soul of a child.

I do feel it is important to note this tale is about child abuse. Don'trent it for your kids thinking it is a fun, disney-esquefilm.

10/10 / 10

In reply to "State of Confusion" The dogs injuries do seem to disappearrather abruptly, but that may have only been an error in continuity.But, as for the kids trying to build a plane out of junk, it's just asimple matter of imagination. These are two very young kids who haveextremely active imaginations and they must rely on those imaginationsto keep themselves from being exposed to the reality of the level ofabuse that goes on in their home from their stepfather. As for thestepfather, it's very interesting that the director chose to no showhis face. That makes him seem more monstrous. If you show his face,then that character becomes a person and not just this "monster" who isterrorizing the childhood of these two innocent children. By showingonly the concequences of his abuse and not focusing scenes on the abuseitself, the children then become the main focus of the movie. This filmhas no loose ends, but runs just as a father's tale to his childrenwould. It has embelleshments. This is a fine American classic.

/ 10

Most people dislike this movie because of the ending. That isbecause of their own limited imaginations, a point I thinkRichard Donner was trying to make throughout the movie. They tryto criticize the film on their own miotic interpretation.Americans aren't used to the subtle, especially from the LethalDonner. I think those people need to watch it again, andespecially pay attention to the narration. Truth is in the mindof the beholder. The movie is about the innocence of childhood-the grandness of being naive and imaginative-being ripped apartby an abusive adult. Just as they never REALLY seen the boogieman, Bobby never REALLY flew away. Mike deceived himself intobelieving that his brother flew away to hide from the fact thathis brother died. Listen to his words, and watch his mother. Itis very subtle, and I have had this argument 100 times before(see, I have only had it probably 5 times but I have deceivedmyself into thinking it is many more). Don't feel bad. I havefound that only 1 out of 10 people that have seen the movie

8 / 10

Seriously interesting slice of bittersweet magic realism

This bittersweet slice of magic realism had a checkered production history (director/writer replaced) and tanked at the box office, but it's a helluva film.

Elijah Wood and Joseph Mazzello are pre-teen brothers whose flaky mom (Lorraine Bracco) shacks up with a mean-spirited alcoholic (Adam Baldwin). During his drinking bouts, Baldwin physically abuses Mazzello and manipulates him into remaining silent about his situation. But when Wood cottons on to what's happening, the boys put their heads together and hatch a fantastique solution to Mazzello's devastating dilemma.

I love films that mix fantasy and dark reality. They are rarely successful financially ("Lawn Dogs" is a similar example), but they are usually original and intriguing.

The drunk Baldwin is shot from a low, child's perspective and his head is deliberately lopped off below the top of frame. This device allows us to judge him purely by his actions and as a totally physicalized beast. Both Wood and Mazzello are excellent, and they pull us effortlessly into their dark, frightening world.

The "radio flyer" of the title is a small red wagon kids transport their belongings in. Here it transports a dream.

Seriously interesting stuff.

10 / 10

classic

In reply to "State of Confusion" The dogs injuries do seem to disappear rather abruptly, but that may have only been an error in continuity. But, as for the kids trying to build a plane out of junk, it's just a simple matter of imagination. These are two very young kids who have extremely active imaginations and they must rely on those imaginations to keep themselves from being exposed to the reality of the level of abuse that goes on in their home from their stepfather. As for the stepfather, it's very interesting that the director chose to no show his face. That makes him seem more monstrous. If you show his face, then that character becomes a person and not just this "monster" who is terrorizing the childhood of these two innocent children. By showing only the concequences of his abuse and not focusing scenes on the abuse itself, the children then become the main focus of the movie. This film has no loose ends, but runs just as a father's tale to his children would. It has embelleshments. This is a fine American classic.