Friday, 7 August 2009

The Breakfast Club

Small article in one of the newspapers today about the death of John Hughes. I had no idea who he was or what he did until it mentioned him being a film director and writer who created some of the most famous films of the 1980s.
There were some good films from that decade and it turned out that he was responsible for one of my favourite film of the 80's, The Breakfast Club.
The film was perfect timing for me because i was in that exam period at the end of my school life and the characters and dialogue just struck a real chord.
The geek, the popular girl, the waster, the sports star and the cooky one were all real life characters that we all had come across during our time at school and had befriended, hated, avoided or in some way had crossed paths with.
If i had never seen the film and someone told me that it was a film about these five characters thrown together in Saturday detention and just left alone most of the time to work things between them and the dawning that they actually had very much in common, i would probably give it a wife berth but it is the dialogue between the characters that makes it stand out.
Emilio Estevez is probably the only one to have gone on to bigger and better things but although i haven't seen Judd Nelson in much else since, he would have to go some to better his portrayal of John Bender who is the central character and stitches everything together with his cruel taunts and unpredictable swings of temper.
Great film, great characters and brilliant dialogue which takes me back to the 80s and my school days whenever it is on the television.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, you think that Slash is true rocker guitarist and being over the top is required, while at the the same time you like all of these milktoast actors and actresses...

don't get it...

q

Lucy said...

Hate over the top in actors ie Jack Nicholson, love it in musicians.

According to google (i had to google it), milktoast means spineless, lacking backbone, not standing up for oneself. No idea if Judd or Emilio are milktoast, just know that they put together a great film between them.