The Disney Animated Marathon needed a bit of a break, and what better film to take a break with than a classic I grew up with!
Written By: John Hughes
Directed By: John Hughes
I never had the sort of day Ferris, Cameron and Sloane had in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But, like most teens I really wanted to, and that is why no matter your situation in life I think everyone should be able to connect with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Whether you are an adult who was once a teen, or a kid about to become a teen, a great majority of us want to rebel and have fun. John Hughes understands this, he was a teenager once, he gets the innate desire of the teenager to throw all caution to the wind and just have fun while they still have the chance to. He infuses Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with this sort of devil may care energy, and energy that was much welcomed by this moviegoer.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a call back to a time that has since left us, I think. What I said above is now far too often the case. It’s not an exemplification of having the day that Ferris, Cameron and Sloane had, but rather it has dwindled to a wish for that day. Teenagers find themselves responsible far too early in life now, and yes I know they were even more responsible in much earlier times, and not able to do anything but dream of something like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But, that doesn’t mean Ferris Bueller’s Day Off loses any of its resonance, because the dream of such an experience still carries a lot of power within the individual. This is a film that retains its ability to connect with each passing generation, the fact that it remains a favorite among the teens I work with is proof of its staying power.
As far as a functioning film goes, Hughes crafts characters that are instantly likable and that we want to know. He makes the locale of Chicago come alive, and in my mind helps to prove why Chicago smokes New York every day of the week. Mainly, with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Hughes has created a film that is funny, easy to get into and the sort of movie that makes you want to stick around. I know all of this sounds very general, but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a big film. It isn’t concerned with little nudges this way or that, it is a film wholly concerned with engaging the viewer in the quickest and easiest fashion. That isn’t always the best type of film making, but Hughes allows Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to be comfortable in its own skin. This is a movie that just feels right.
Some movies are timeless, they are called classics for a reason. They stick in your mind well after they are done, individual scenes remain with you throughout the rest of your life and you can envision yourself as the characters in the movie you have decided to label a classic. Different people have different classics, one of my classics has always been and always will be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I find it to be a timeless work about growing up, friendship, having fun and being a kid while you can still be a kid. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a movie that has stayed with me throughout the years, I can envision myself as one or more of the characters, and perhaps most importantly it is a film that I always watch when I stumble across it on TV. I don’t know about you but I consider that a sign of a great movie.