History Film / RadioFlyer

8th Nov '15 4:00:16 AM Morgenthaler
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Very much may your mileage vary in regards to this film. On one hand, you may find it a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] [[{{Tearjerker}} tearjerker]]. On the other hand, however, you may find it (and indeed, at the time of its release, many such as Creator/RogerEbert and Leonard Maltin found it) [[Main/{{Glurge}} a bit immoral]] for suggesting that all a child needs to do to escape abuse is construct a rickety little toy airplane out of a red wagon and stuff from a junkyard -- which obviously is impossible in real life. Because of the nebulous conclusion, a few people have concocted theories regarding that Bobby doesn't actually fly away at the end. One such theory is that Mike was the actual recipent of the abuse and that Bobby was just a psychological projection, ala ''Film/FightClub'', whom he used to disassociate himself from it, and that he "flew away" once The King was arrested because Mike no longer had any need of him]]. Another theory is that Bobby actually perished, and that Mike repressed this memory and constructed a false but bearable one. However, [[WordOfGod director Richard Donner has denied all these theories]].
8th Nov '15 3:59:39 AM Morgenthaler
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An adult named Mike (Creator/TomHanks) is observing his two sons fighting; with one insisting that a promise doesn't mean anything. To make them understand that a promise does mean something, he tells them the story of his youth. Young Mike (Creator/ElijahWood), his little brother Bobby (Creator/JosephMazzello), their mother Mary (Creator/LorraineBracco) and their German Shepherd Shane move to a new town after their father/husband leaves them. There, Mary marries a new man (Creator/AdamBaldwin), who likes the others to call him "The King". Unbeknowst to Mary, The King is an alcoholic who often gets drunk and beats Bobby. The two boys, seeing that their mother has found happiness at last with The King, are reluctant to tell either her or the police about the abuse. They instead try to avoid The King by exploring and having adventures in amidst the local environs. In the process, the two concoct a plan for Bobby to escape The King once and for all. Inspired by the urban legend of a boy named Fisher who attempted to fly away on his bicycle, the two convert their epononymous Radio Flyer toy wagon into an airplane. [[spoiler:With it, Bobby flies away. Though Mike never sees him again, he continues to receive postcards from him from places all over the world.]] Very much may your mileage vary in regards to this film. On one hand, you may find it a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] [[{{Tearjerker}} tearjerker]]. On the other hand, however, you may find it (and indeed, at the time of its release, many such as Creator/RogerEbert and Leonard Maltin found it) [[Main/{{Glurge}} a bit immoral]] for suggesting that all a child needs to do to escape abuse is construct a rickety little toy airplane out of a red wagon and stuff from a junkyard -- which obviously is impossible in real life. Because of the nebulous conclusion, a few people have concocted theories regarding that Bobby [[spoiler:doesn't actually fly away at the end]]. One such theory is that Mike was the actual recipent of the abuse and that Bobby was just a psychological projection, ala ''Film/FightClub'', whom he used to disassociate himself from it, and that [[spoiler: he "flew away" once The King was arrested because Mike no longer had any need of him]]. Another theory is that Bobby [[spoiler: actually perished, and that Mike repressed this memory and constructed a false but bearable one]]. However, [[WordOfGod director Richard Donner has denied all these theories]].
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An adult named Mike (Creator/TomHanks) is observing his two sons fighting; with one insisting that a promise doesn't mean anything. To make them understand that a promise does mean something, he tells them the story of his youth. Young Mike (Creator/ElijahWood), his little brother Bobby (Creator/JosephMazzello), their mother Mary (Creator/LorraineBracco) and their German Shepherd Shane move to a new town after their father/husband leaves them. There, Mary marries a new man (Creator/AdamBaldwin), who likes the others to call him "The King". Unbeknowst to Mary, The King is an alcoholic who often gets drunk and beats Bobby. The two boys, seeing that their mother has found happiness at last with The King, are reluctant to tell either her or the police about the abuse. They instead try to avoid The King by exploring and having adventures in amidst the local environs. In the process, the two concoct a plan for Bobby to escape The King once and for all. Inspired by the urban legend of a boy named Fisher who attempted to fly away on his bicycle, the two convert their epononymous Radio Flyer toy wagon into an airplane. [[spoiler:With With it, Bobby flies away. Though Mike never sees him again, he continues to receive postcards from him from places all over the world.]] world. Very much may your mileage vary in regards to this film. On one hand, you may find it a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] [[{{Tearjerker}} tearjerker]]. On the other hand, however, you may find it (and indeed, at the time of its release, many such as Creator/RogerEbert and Leonard Maltin found it) [[Main/{{Glurge}} a bit immoral]] for suggesting that all a child needs to do to escape abuse is construct a rickety little toy airplane out of a red wagon and stuff from a junkyard -- which obviously is impossible in real life. Because of the nebulous conclusion, a few people have concocted theories regarding that Bobby [[spoiler:doesn't doesn't actually fly away at the end]]. end. One such theory is that Mike was the actual recipent of the abuse and that Bobby was just a psychological projection, ala ''Film/FightClub'', whom he used to disassociate himself from it, and that [[spoiler: he "flew away" once The King was arrested because Mike no longer had any need of him]]. Another theory is that Bobby [[spoiler: actually perished, and that Mike repressed this memory and constructed a false but bearable one]].one. However, [[WordOfGod director Richard Donner has denied all these theories]].
8th Nov '15 3:58:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Jossed}}: WordOfGod denies the presence of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation or an UnreliableNarrator.

* WagTheDirector: Possibly. One explanation for The King being TheFaceless is that Baldwin refused to have his face associated with child abuse.
29th Oct '15 1:39:56 PM esq263
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* FingerGun: One of the seven great abilities and fascinations is that this [[FingerPointOfDoom actually fires bullets]]. * {{Flight}}: The last of the seven great abilities and fascinations, and the main focus of this film.

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* {{Troperrific}}: The seven great abilities and fascinations, many of which are based on common tropes.
29th Oct '15 1:13:13 PM esq263
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* TalkingAnimal: This is one of the seven great abilities and fascinations. Additionally, in a dream, Mikey's SpiritAdvisor buffalo talks to him.
29th Oct '15 1:11:14 PM esq263
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* ParasolParachute: One of the seven great abilities and fascinations is based upon this trope.
29th Oct '15 1:08:43 PM esq263
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* BadassCape: One of the seven great abilities and fascinations is based upon this trope.
20th Oct '15 9:23:58 PM esq263
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* SecurityBlanket: One of the above seven great abilities and fascinations.
17th Sep '15 4:06:19 PM ndboy
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GangOfBullies: Victor's Gang.
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* GangOfBullies: Victor's Gang.
17th Sep '15 4:04:05 PM ndboy
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* FriendOrIdolDecision: Subverted. At one point, Mikey has a choice: to stay with Bobby or to play football with Victor and his gang. Given that he wants to fit in, he goes with the gang, leaving his brother to his own devices. The result is that the football game is actually an ambush, which Mikey ends up overcoming, only to come home and find that his brother was put in the hospital by The King. He realizes he should have stayed with Bobby-
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* FriendOrIdolDecision: Subverted. At one point, Mikey has a choice: to stay with Bobby or to play football with Victor and his gang. Given that he wants to fit in, he goes with the gang, leaving his brother to his own devices. The result is that the football game is actually an ambush, which Mikey ends up overcoming, only to come home and find that his brother was put in the hospital by The King. He realizes he should have stayed with Bobby-Bobby. GangOfBullies: Victor's Gang.
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