Thursday, 13 August 2009

The Breakfast Club (1985)

I just want to sit for a while and digest what I have just watched, bear with me. Watch the awful trailer above perhaps, it is rather spoilery though and decidedly poor.

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I can honestly say that The Breakfast Club is truly outstanding, this was my first viewing of this film having avoided anything from Hughes even slightly schmaltzy and I can honestly say it was a huge mistake. I should have watched this 20 years ago. The film is essentially a closed room drama revolving around just 5 characters and 2 adults that help to gel the situation. All of the main parts are outstanding with Judd Nelson playing the role of Bender with such style that anyone lined up for a remake in that role will be personally hunted down and shot by myself. The interplay is so dynamic between these wildly differing personalities that the film sizzles with emotion, all this with very little incidental music.vlcsnap-2009-08-13-14h10m45s405 people from cliques that would never have mixed if they were not being held in detention together. The nerd, the prom queen, the jock, the weirdo and the bad boy. All natural enemies thrown together and held in a library, all day, on a Saturday. The characterisation on display here is simply sublime and the stories that pour out of the players about their lives and their homes is absolutely believable. vlcsnap-2009-08-13-14h54m59s210At the end, they walk away. This is where I feel the trailer is bad as this film does not seem like a one off occasion to me. It’s a beginning of a new life and a coming of age for 5 kids who thought they had a role in life set and determined by their Parents and their abilities. They leave learning life is not that simple and that anyone can forge friendships with the most opposite of people. Life truly is what you make it.vlcsnap-2009-08-13-16h13m38s42

I can see now why The Breakfast Club is often cited as life changing. I am too old to feel that way myself but it does shoot into my favourite films of all time. Perhaps even surpassing some of my other Hughes classics.

What a truly MAGNIFICENT picture.

Paul out…and considering watching again, and this time showing the wife.

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