Red Dawn Revisited

I'm a late bloomer. I joined Netflix only about 6 weeks ago. What can I say? I'm old-fashioned. Or just old. Whatever. It was fun for me to start putting movies in my queue. We don't go out to movies much at our house. I'd say once every 3 years and we're good. So I had several movies that I'd wanted to see that I added immediately. Then I started thinking about old school movies. Movies I haven't seen in a while and thought I might like to see again.

One of those movies was Red Dawn. I haven't seen the movie in probably a couple of decades. The movie stuck with me over the years, probably because in the '80s we all had that fear of a Soviet invasion ingrained in us from an early age. The images of those kids getting shot in the opening sequence is enough to scar a young kid for life probably.

With a cast starring such breakout stars as Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey among other (now) big stars in supporting roles, the movie was a treat to watch again just to see these stars before they were stars.

Thankfully, watching the movie some 25 years later it is not as disturbing as it was when I was a kid. It is still disturbing if you let yourself see your own kids in that situation, but thankfully the fashion and the cheesiness allow you to see some humor in the movie. If you can't laugh at the '80s hair styles, you have no sense of humor.

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