The Breakfast Club (1985)

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Plot: Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Teen Comedy

 

Story: The Breakfast Club starts as five high school students Claire (Ringwald) the Princess, Andrew (Estevez) the athlete, John (Nelson) the criminal, Brian (Hall) the brain and Allison (Sheedy) the basket case have to attend detention on a Saturday under the watching gaze of Richard Vernon (Gleason). The five are all from different corners of the school and would never spend time together on a normal day.

The five students learn about each other’s problems as they learn that their own problems might not be the only issues in their worlds. We see them bond over the day sharing all their secrets and become friends for just one day.

The Breakfast Club is a classic that has only just been watched by me in the year 2016, well it only took me 29 years even though the film is set 3 years to the date before I was born. I found this such a brilliant story that perfectly shows how different kids can be at school even when they have to spend time together they feel different but are all searching and dealing with the same issues. This shows just how difficult school years are when you are going through them because your future is thrown at you at this age the most. I can’t find a bad thing to say about this film even at over 30 years old.

 

Actor Review

 

Emilio Estevez: Andrew Clark is the athlete who is part of the wrestling team seen to be the future star athlete but this time in detention is to teach him to have a back-up plan. He sees himself a better than the rest of the group while trying to do the right thing. Emilio shows his range through this film much like every one of the kids here.

Paul Gleason: Richard Vernon is the teacher who has to keep the student in line on the Saturday detention. He treats all the students like failures constantly putting them down to try and show his power over them. Paul fills the villain role without being a truly horrible person just how the kids see his character.

Anthony Michael Hall: Brian Johnson is the brains of the students always out to do extra work to get the best grades to impress his parents. He doesn’t like how John treats him but also tries to impress the fellow students. Anthony is great in this role going from quiet geek to part of the gang.

Judd Nelson: John Bender is the criminal who is used to his time in detention because he is your classic bully troublemaker. He starts trying to get to know the students but is a classic case of bad parenting leading him to act out searching for attention. Judd steals the movie being the most interesting out of the 5 as we see just how many moments his character has been through.

Molly Ringwald: Claire is the princess always doing what her parents say and never getting into trouble, well until this time. We see how she acts as if she is better than the rest of the students in detention. Molly is great being the typical girl who thinks her future will be handed to her.

Ally Sheedy: Allison is the basket case or as we would call know the one struggling with mental health issues. Allison is the loner of the school and out of the students she is the last to fully come out of her shell. Ally is also great grabbing our attention without any dialogue for first half of the film.

Support Cast: The Breakfast Club has a supporting cast with most just being the parents dropping the students off, we get to see how they see their children.

Director Review: John HughesJohn gives us yet another classic 80’s comedy that showed how difficult growing up really is.

 

Comedy: The Breakfast Club has good comedy moments to go hand in hand with the serious moments.

Settings: The Breakfast Club is set within the high school during one day showing how these students have lost their day but gained friendships.

Suggestion: The Breakfast Club is one that I do think everyone should have watched at least once. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The serious moment where we learn about the characters.

Worst Part: Allison would be treated a lot different if this film was now.

 

Believability: This could easily be real characters.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $38 Million

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Five strangers with nothing in common, except each other.

 

Overall: Don’t you forget about this one.

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The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

logoDirector: Roger Spottiswoode, Buzz Kulik

Writer: Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (Screenplay) J.D. Reed(Book)

Starring: Robert Duvall, Treat Williams, Kathryn Harrold, Ed Flanders, Paul Gleason, R.G. Armstrong, Dorothy Fielding, Nicolas Coster, Cooper Huckabee, Howard K. Smith

 

Plot: A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker, who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop.

 

Verdict: Dated Chase Film

 

Story: The mystery behind D.B. Cooper is remains unsolved and it is one of the most interesting mysteries of recent times. This turns it into a comical pursuit film. I personally only know small parts of the mystery but I would have liked to have learnt more about what happened or what could have happened. I felt a little disappointed after this and add it that it has dated horribly. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Duvall: Gruen the insurance man trying to track down his company’s money, he knows who has it, he knows how he thinks but when it get personal he gets to great lengths to stop him. Solid performance from Duvall. (6/10)

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Treat Williams: D.B. Cooper the hijacker on the run, going back for his wife before heading on route to Mexico trying his best to get away from Gruen. Solid performance as the cocky hijacker on the run. (6/10)

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Director Review: Roger Spottiswoode, Buzz Kulik – Started by Buzz finished by Roger we see a fun pursuit film that keeps you entertained but fails to fill you in on what has been happened with the real case. (6/10)

 

Adventure: Good sense of adventure through the film. (7/10)

Crime: One of the biggest unsolved crimes in America. (9/10)

Thriller: You never really get to the edge of your seat here. (5/10)

Settings: Some solid settings used for chases and confrontations but nothing landmark. (6/10)

Suggestion: If you see it on one night you could give it ago but don’t expect to learn anything about the case. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: River Chase

Worst Part: Dated terribly

Action Scene Of The Film: Boat chase

Believability: It is based on the real event but everything after is made up. (3/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $3.75 Million

Budget: $12 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Who says you can’t take it with you?

 

Overall: Go Back In Time To Enjoy

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