Stand By Me was an important movie that practically defined how the Baby Boom Generation talked about its childhood. It also had an enormous influence on subsequent literature and film, so much so that whenever a movie about the uncertainty and mystery of childhood is made, it feels impossible not to think of Rob Reiner’s classic when discussing it.
Such is the case with Yosemite, a new drama from writer-director Gabrielle Demeestere based on material from James Franco’s short story collection A California Childhood. The film stars Henry Hopper and newcomers Calum John, Alec Mansky and Everett Meckler, along with Franco in a supporting role as the main character’s father who is grappling with the growing distance between himself and his wife.
It’s going to be compared, a lot, to Stand By Me, though as you’ll see from the official trailer, it lacks the overt period nostalgia of the earlier film. Watching this, I was reminded more of the suburban setting of E.T., particularly the estuary of civilization and wilderness that such communities have as a side effect of their location. In any case, Yosemite hits theaters in January 2016.
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