No, not "deflated" as in a Tom Brady football. I mean like my emotional state when I go in and watch a movie I loved when I was younger only to discover that it does not hold up well. 

This happens more often than not. I'll have very fond memories of a film from my childhood or teen years. Then I'll watch it again as an adult only to find that it sucks. Beverly Hills Cop was one such film. It just... meh.

So it's really nice when you go to re-watch something that you expect is not going to hold up only to find that you still really enjoy it immensely. This happened with me today watching the original Matthew Broderick/Ally Sheedy starrer WarGames.

Wargames01[image courtesy of Creative Analytics]

Okay, sure, the technology is (very) dated, but the concept behind it is sound. It's incredibly thrilling, gets your blood pumping a bit, and it's shocking to think that what happens in this film that throws the U.S. on the brink of nuclear war with the U.S.S.R. could still just as easily happen today.

Wargames-teaser[image courtesy of /Film]

It also has a pretty incredible cast including Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Sheedy (The Breakfast Club), Dabney Coleman (Cloak & Dagger), John Wood (Jumpin' Jack Flash), and Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure) in lead roles and cameos by actors such as James Tolkan (Back to the Future), John Spencer (The Rock), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Jason Bernard (Liar Liar), Maury Chaykin (Dances with Wolves), and Art LaFleur (Sandlot).

Wargames[image courtesy of SyFy Wire]

Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks it has aged very well, all things considered.

Oh, and I still, after 36 years, want Professor Falken's r/c pterodactyl. That thing is suh-WEET!


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Kevin Spencer

Wargames is one of my favorite movies of all time. It really does hold up well.


So good to have that opinion shared!

Marty Mankins

It's easily been more than 20 years since I last watched WarGames. I might have to find it on one of the streaming platforms and see how well it holds up.


Do it and let me know what you think. Me and Spencer, that is.

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