Monday, March 9, 2015

Must See Movie Monday - Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Film: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Released: 1986
Rated: PG-13
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Short Summary: Ferris Bueller is determined to have at least one more day off from high school with his best friend and girlfriend before he graduates. Even if that means he has to swindle his parents and the principle to do it.

Why It's A Must See Movie

I was actually a little stuck on what movie to pick for this week. Then I realized that Ferris Bueller's Day Off is on Netflix. The choice was so obvious. I don't know why I didn't think of picking this movie before.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a wacky little adventure. It has extremely memorable scenes and quotes and excellent moments of comedy.  This movie is my favorite type of comedy. I like to call them comedies with depth. Meaning that though the film is undeniably funny but all the comedy comes from a deep emotional place in the characters. Ferris doesn't want to just goof off for a day solely for self gratification. He wants to use this day to create lasting memories with his best friend, Camron, and girlfriend, Slone, before he enter the black hole of college life. He also recognizes that if his friend Camron doesn't learn how to relax once in a while he might just lose his marbles.  He creates all these crazy antics to get out of school based on the great love he has for his friends, and somehow that makes all his antics more hilarious.

This movie has an amazing ability to connect with an audience. I think this is because of few factors. The first is because this is one of only a handful of films I can think of where the main character breaks the fourth wall to talk to the audience. This makes you the viewer immediately feel like you are included in the story. It makes you feel even more connected with the characters and events.

The movie also does a beautiful job with using point of view camera shots to tell the story. This is really very important because it lets you know what a character is feeling and a really subtle but occasionally symbolic way. The soundtrack for the film is great. All the music fits perfectly with the scenes. This movie has some wonderfully written monologue moments a well as some pretty awesome subplots running through out the film.

What else is there left to say except that you can't help but love the actors playing the characters. As you well know I love when actors can perform with just the right amount of comedy and genuine emotion and the actors in Ferris Bueller's Day Off can do that.

So basically if you haven't seen this movie you need to go watch it now. I mean do a Ferris and drop everything an watch it. It is a feel good type of film. I mean who doesn't love a movie about teens running around a big city that contains a random musical number. Okay...Maybe someone doesn't but that so one is missing out. 

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