The Disney Plus platform is now available in Mexico. Thus, we will be able to have at the click of a button most of the library of the House of the Mouse that, in addition to its animated classics, has lots of great productions made with real actors.
It’s safe to dare to say that the 1980s were also a golden age for the production house.For there it was discovered, in part, that fiction and comedy could be adapted to contemporary culture. Although it may not seem like it, the studio also knows that they have a nostalgic audience and, for this reason, they have included in their catalog several titles that will make them travel and use their imagination like never before.
Here are the best 80s movies on Disney Plus.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Is there something that hasn’t already been said about this fictional classic? The middle part of the original Star Wars trilogy is considered by many to be the best story in the Skywalker saga.
Darkness, battles in the snow, romance, cities in the clouds and lots and lots of action are just some of the reasons why this conflict between good and evil is among George Lucas’ best works, but if there is something to be done. What makes it truly enjoyable is that revelation that has gone around the world – and that changes the whole meaning of the franchise.
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Another of the best 80s movies on Disney Plus. The closing of the first trilogy located in the far better-known celluloid galaxy became an icon of its time, because, although the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends (apparently) were coming to an end, the universe expanded to more can not.
He was introduced not only to Jabba the Hutt, but also to the little Ewoks. As if this were not enough, the film marked the end of the malevolent Emperor and his authoritarian reign. Granted, it does have moments of dubious quality – like seeing Vader’s face without the helmet, or the fact that some forest bears end up in an afternoon with years of tyranny – but that doesn’t make it unsatisfactory.
Misunderstood in its time, this film, which was the forerunner of the CGI era, shows us what life would be like inside a computer, and the result is wonderful! The disc battles, the light motorcycle races, the Wendy Carlos score, but above all the visual effects are reasons to give this great cult classic a chance. For some, the passage of time could be very noticeable in many aspects, however, it has been known to remain just as compelling.
We will witness how programmer Kevin Flynn is trapped in a cyber world known as “The Web.” From that event, his life changes completely, since he will be immersed in a battle against the ruthless Master Control Program (PCM).
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! (1989)
With feature films like this, it becomes clear that the 1980s were a time of exploration of visual techniques, as the adventure directed by Joe Johnston presents the story of the young Szalinski, who are accidentally reduced to microscopic size when they are exposed to lightning thrown by a machine invented by their father, who is a scientist.
It is impossible not to remember this adventure, particularly for its humor, its scale, its creativity and, most of all, for that great performance of Rick Moranis being, basically… Rick Moranis. It makes us laugh out loud without any effort.
Three men and a baby (1987)
Directed by Leonard Nimoy (yes, the original Mr. Spock), this flagship comedy from the late 1980s. Based on a French comedy of the same name, the project brought together the hilarious Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg. The success was such that it had a sequel and will have a remake starring Zac Efron, which will be exclusive, of course, to Disney Plus.
It focuses on the adventures of three friends who, suddenly, face the challenges of parenthood when they must take care of the little daughter of one of them. Laughter assured!
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This fantasy romantic comedy directed by Ron Howard, in addition to introducing us to very young Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, is considered one of the best jobs in the careers of the three people mentioned above. Today, it maintains its status of being seen as one of the best movies of the year it was released.
It tells the story of Allen Bauer, a businessman who, after rescuing a mermaid, begins to fall in love with her.
Partners and hounds (1989)
This police comedy stars Tom Hanks… and the lovable dog Beasley! It was not particularly well received at the time, but little by little it has been reassessed because, is there anything more endearing than seeing Tom living with a dog? Even a reboot in serial format is already planned.
It shows the unlikely friendship that forms between a bad-mannered street mound and an agent investigating a homicide. As time goes by, their bond becomes unbreakable.
A night on the town (1987)
Chris Columbus’ directorial debut is undoubtedly one of the most remembered stories of this decade. Having started out as a writer, Columbus was extremely meticulous in choosing the project he wanted to dabble with behind the camera.
He chose the story for its light tone and ease of shooting. The film tells the story of Chris, a young woman who decides to become a babysitter when her boyfriend dumps her for a date. The adventures she will have with the children she takes care of will be hilarious. It stars Elizabeth Shue and Vincent D’Onofrio.
This is another great example of the best 80s movies on Disney Plus, not only because of the big leap it was for the fantasy genre, but because it confirmed that Ron Howard also had a talent for taking the reins of a play for the whole family.
When it was released it did not get much attention, but time took care of giving it a cult film status, and it is not difficult to understand the delayed affection it obtained: when you have George Lucas as producer and writer, in addition to Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer in the lead roles, no mistake. Such is the nostalgia that even a sequel series is already in development, which will debut on the platform. A fable that transcends generations.
The Muppet’s Great Adventure (1981)
In this classic Jim Henson adventure, the most famous puppets on television take the city of London by surprise to investigate a series of robberies that have occurred there. The film was a success upon its release and if you ask anyone who was a child at that time, they will remember it with pleasure.
It stands out as the only film based on the property that was directed by the creator. Henson served as a producer or writer on most of the later films, but was never behind the camera again.
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José Roberto Landaverde Cinephile and music lover. I love writing, listening, reading and commenting on everything related to the seventh art. I think Fleetwood Mac is underrated. I’m a Rocky and Back to the Future fan and obviously one day I’ll go up the “Philly Steps” and drive a DeLorean. Faithful believer that the cinema is the best teleportation machine, and also that on the big screen we can all see ourselves represented.