Sunday, 1 February 2009

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it"

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Director: John Hughes
Written by: John Hughes 

I vividly remember watching this movie when I must have been around eleven and I have loved it ever since. It must have been love at first sight because if this movie were a relationship, Valentines Day would come more then once a year.
 Ferris is such an awesome character. You love him just as much as everyone else does in the movie, but at the same time you can understand why his sister resents him so much because if absolutely everyone kissed his cute little behind, then there would be no conflict and thus no movie. He is playfully arrogant and obnoxious, but he also has such a charm that throughout the movie you keep your fingers crossed and pray that he gets away with ditching school. You can't help but admire his courage and flare to plan the wicked day for his girlfriend and best friend, a day that includes no annoying teachers, no lessons and more importantly no responsibilities. What really works in this film as opposed to so many lead teen roles is that Matthew Broderick is in my opinion a decent looking chap, but he's no Robert Pattison (last mention I swear) nor a Zac Efron. If Broderick was drop dead gorgeous then it would really be way too much. He would be like the perfect guy, which firstly doesn't exist and secondly would just make you think that this film is just too preppy and ridiculous. I'm not saying he is ugly in the slightest but with a more geeky-cuteness, his character is much more believable.
   I think that even though the story is told through a rebellious teen heart-throb, the punch line can appeal to all ages. It shouldn't take us to bunk off work to enjoy the world we live in and just to have fun and live a little. We don't have to go to the extremes that this character aspires to, but why shouldn't we push the limits and go a little crazier then we would think possible?
 Whenever I tried to bunk boring lessons I would always manage to end up hiding in the locker rooms.. and getting caught, let alone getting up to half the things they do in this movie. It's fun, imaginative and witty from start to finish and will certainly be a bad influence on the easily swayed.
 With such a strong character as Ferris's, the supporting actors roles are prominent without taking the shine away from the hero. His sister, who doesn't share in sisterly love is the playful villain, trying to do everything in her power to get her brother caught out. His best friend is so anal and controlled that he's happy to sit in the background and let Ferris whip him into shape. But don't be fooled because he has the ability to amuse just as much and to some may even be the heart-throb of the show. Lastly, this film wouldn't be complete without some love interest.. and thus enter the hot, cool and collected girlfriend. It's sweet to show how much Ferris loves her and how he'll go out of his way just to get her to smile.

  Hughes delivered some fantastic, and I mean fan-tas-tic, teen aged 80's movies. Most recognizable were those among the 'Brat Pat' alum as, 'Pretty in Pink', 'Weird Science', 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Sixteen Candles', and so with all that experience you can be sure the man knew what he was doing in scoring a hit. It's cheesy at the best of times but think of it more as a Camembert rather then the processed cheese you get with your cinema nachos. Oh and there's a cameo by a very young Charlie Sheen....with eyeliner. Mmm, I know what you're all thinking.

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