It would be easy to smirk at the 80s-style effects or even the earnest, over-dubbed performances, but the film does tackle some surprisingly weighty themes for a children's adventure story. Presenting the meta-fiction of the narrative & the notions of overcoming personal obstacles as an extended metaphor on grief & depression provides valuable life-lessons that complement the more conventional fantasy entertainment.
I will confess that I never saw this film as a child, which may have been my... uh... loss. I laughed for several minutes straight at that ending, as a Neverending Story fan protested defensively that this was a childhood favorite of hers. I concede that other aspects of it were richly imaginative and enchanting, but I clearly missed the boat on this one.
This film has a very cool design work, but the story is a bit rewinded. As a fantastic saga, I really dig some characters - but it loses me in its second half. At the end, the type of cinema I will screen to my children (if I ever have one or two of them), but won't watch again alone. That being said, I wish there were more films with these fantasia folks, they trully are something.
Somewhere in that magical region betwixt 'Field of Dreams' and Tarkovsky's imaginary kids' film lies... THE NEVERENDING STORY aka THE DESERT OF THE REAL. I half expected Terence McKenna to pop up as a gnome with his DMT elves in tow! I love 1980s dark fantasy films where the antagonist is the existential void. And the uncanniness of the puppet faces!! And the synth score!!! Can't believe it took me so long...
love the look of the creatures and the sceneries I'm still upset about the end of the movie, which completely ignores the second half of the book, especially since up to this point it's a great filmic adaptation.