Today, I started my morning off right – by watching The Breakfast Club in bed. Since it’s a classic, I won’t be writing a full-blown review. Especially because there was so much that I liked and so little that I didn’t, hence it would be bad taste.
1. IT’S A GO-TO NOSTALGIA FILM. When I was little, I most films I saw were from the eighties and nineties – I spent a lot of time at the countryside and there was nothing to do there but to watch TV. The Breakfast Club is a blast from the past, having all the elements from its time, which makes it easy to think yourself back into the time films were this.
2. THE CHARACTERISATION IS FANTASTIC. For me, this was the greatest part – the five characters, stunningly stereotypical, stay true to who they are from the first minute to the last. They don’t change but they all do reveal the wrecked and problematic aspects of them under the stereotype veneer – and it’s immensely believable. They are all different and they all own up to it, plus the respective actors simply nail it.
3. THERE WAS A TIME FILM PEOPLE KNEW HOW TO EDIT. So I don’t particularly like long films, as they’re usually strenuous and replete with fillers. The Breakfast Club tells an awesome story in ninety-seven minutes, makes it believable and the time spent watching worth it. There are no unneccessary scenes during the film’s entirety and it’s exceptionally lovely.
4. THE BASKET CASE AND THE ATHLETE GOT TOGETHER! This was something I was rooting from the beginning. I like unlikely pairings and I adore school athletes getting together with the outcasts. It’s adorable and romantic and makes the world a better place.
5. IT’S A STORY THAT DOESN’T GET OLD. I’m exceeding myself by doing some math now and The Breakfast Club has been around for 28 years and someone in high school (hey, that’s me!) can imagine themselves with these people. (Them drinking Coke is naturally a huge bonus, too.) It’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower of films (and yes, I know the latter’s a film now, too) and I think it will be as charming to see for the generation after mine as it was for me.
There might be a sequel to this as I really did like nearly everything about it but I think I should see it a few times more before it happens. Also: this film was begging for the gif. Oh how I loved Brian. And… okay. Sequel, or something. Yes.