Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
May contain spoilersAs a kid I enjoyed the wonder years on nick at night and journeyed with Kevin, Winnie and Paul through childhood.The show was set during the sixties so some of the references were dated yet we all go through love, fights, school dances and spending time with family. Those are values that never grow old.Kevin fascination with Winnie is a recurring theme throughout the seasons. What makes this relationship different from others is Winnie lost her brother to the Vietnam war and her parents divorcing within a short time of each other. This let to her acting out, hanging with the wrong crowd and pushing those close to her away. But Kevin would always be there to catch her and being her back to reality.It reminds me of my first love who came from a troubled home and reacted the same way.I could emphasis with Kevin and knew how special a damaged girl can be once treated right. We still talk and I get a letter from her still from time to time.Other series were his parents fighting. What kid isn't scared by divorce? His sister becoming a hippy to conservative parents and going through teen angst. We all had or were the child that did that.Paul and Kevin would hang out after school or fight and show the other up. Yet they always made up in the end.It felt like I was watching my life through them, its very dear to me, and I own all six seasons. I treat it like a treasure.
I grew up watching The Wonder Years and I still love watching the series on Netflix. I think this series is best in seasons 1-4. Why, because Kevin and Paul have great chemistry and the friendship resembles some of the complicated stuff we go through in real life. There is an episode called "Little Debbie" from season 4 that is the perfect example of how TV shows used to be wonderful. In this episode, Kevin Arnold agrees to take Paul's little sister to a special dance. For me the best scene was when Kevin jumped into the pool to get Debbie's earring. Seasons 5-6 are different and I am not sure but the writing changed. Kevin becomes a narcissist and Paul seems to be almost entirely written out of the series. While Winnie Cooper is still there, the last season is not as good as the first four seasons. I can appreciate the actors and cast growing older (because everyone should grow up), but the writing and the exclusion of Paul Pfeiffer (one of my favorite characters) was a let down. Overall I love the series. It had great actors (entire cast was great) and good directing.
I was born in 1980, so by 1988 I was still a little young (8yrs old) and not interested in TV other than cartoons. When I started watching this amazing show in the mid 90s (when the series was officially over but had reruns going nonstop) I was so taken by it. Not because it made me reflect on my childhood (because I was right smack in the middle of it) but because I had a big crush on Winnie and it was funny. It also gave me a little insight to suburb life which intrigued me because I was born & raised in Harlem, NYC.Fast forward 20yrs to present day. I'm now 31yrs old (OK OK, so I'm not an old man yet) and I find that Netflix has FINALLY released this fabulous series on Instant streaming. Understand that I had been looking for this series on DVD or other wise for some time (I don't have cable so I can't catch the reruns on TV), so I was overjoyed when I added it to my queue and started watching it a couple of days ago. It was every bit as great as I remembered it, PLUS MORE!!! NOW I was able to enjoy it because of how it cause me to reflect on my childhood. After moving from NYC to the suburbs in my early youth, I could relate to a lot of what Kevin Arnold went through and how the narrator (old Kevin Arnold) saw things through his own eyes. Let me tell you, this show made me cry when I was young because I was such a fan of the Winnie & Kevin relationship.... now this show made me cry again!! I'm only on season 3 right now, but every single episode has plucked on my heart strings and played a tune of love, laughter, loss, rebellion, reflection, failure and victory. I wasn't born and raised in the 60s, but this show makes me wish I was.I HIGHLY recommend this series to those raised in the pre-digital age, those who witnessed the birth of the digital age, and all those poor unlucky saps who were raised in the 80s and have not had the chance to watch it yet!!! Bonus: If you're a big movie & TV buff like me, you're gonna see a LOT of familiar faces when they were young! I've already seen a young Screech & Zack Morris from Saved By The Bell, a young Larenz Tate, and a couple of actors from some Christian videos I used to see when I was young (anyone remember Mcgee & Me??).
When I was a kid, I loved "The Wonder Years." In fact, I relished the evenings I spent in front of my TV with Kevin, Winnie and Paul. Watching the show now, I realized something. Dating as a pre-teen was beyond awkward. Adolescence is a period of time when you've shot a foot taller, your voice is couple octaves deeper but your face looks the same as it did in the second grade. Well, that is except for the strange peach fuzz growing on your upper lip. Or is that a pimple? Don't think about it or you'll get another one! Oops, too late. In other words, you look like a crazy man baby, the opposite of Teen Wolf. ....... To read more, visit my blog- http://brianrodriguez.tv/?p=143