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 is an all time classic. If you’ve never seen or heard of it then go to your local dvd shop or Netflix and watch it right now. I can guarantee that you will laugh out loud. And if you have seen it then you know what i’m talking about (unless you don’t like it.). This film follows Ferris, Cameron and Sloane who’re all taking that day off school to have fun. Their principal Ed Rooney and Ferris’ sister Jeanie are both trying to expose Ferris to get him in trouble.
This film has a great cast, every character is acted out great and they’re all unique, quite developed and have reasons for doing what they’re doing. The character that I like is Ferris’ principal Ed Rooney who is hell bent on proving that Ferris isn’t sick. His motivation is because of Ferris’ popularity he’s a role model to the other kids and he believes that they’re all gonna start slacking like him, so Rooney wants to make an example by ruining Ferris’ life to let the other kids know that if you slack this’s what happens.He’s a really funny character.
One of my favourite thing that Ferris does is when he breaks the fourth wall. You get this in the opening of the film (Video at the bottom of the article) and it’s great. It’s spread out all over the course of the film and most prominently in the end credit scene that I believe could be the best and funniest end credit scene ever. Even Deadpool copied it.The music in this film is great and really does well with what’s going on in the film. The infamous ‘oh-yeah’ is spread out all across the film though they play it when they’re showing an awesome rare car which matches up perfectly with the reveal. Another great thing about this film is that there’s no CGI. It’s really rare nowadays to see a big film that doesn’t have CGI, a lot of films have it even when it’s not necessary.
This film makes a lot of pop culture references from James Bond to Star Wars. It also feels like a love letter to Chicago, with it featuring heaps of popular places like the baseball stadium and the museum. In itself this film is really iconic. There’s a very famous chase scene towards the end of the film where Ferris is running through the backyards of people houses. The music matches up with this and the comedic tone of what’s going on is really funny. The new Spider-Man film is going to be doing it’s own version of it.
This film is really funny as i’ve said from the very beginning. From phoney calls to A teacher calling out a name, this film has a place in my heart for some of the greatest jokes. If you’ve seen this film comment below what your favourite scene or joke was from this film. Mine’s the The phoney call scene. There’s also a lot of times where there’s close calls between the characters that are a mixture of texture and comedy. The characters are all fun and quirky in their own kind of way and it’s really fun to be on this journey with them.
But let’s talk about the story. If I went into a company and said “A boy skips a day of school with his friends” It’d probably get scrapped. If I then said “A boy fakes being sick and skips school with his friends while going to popular places”.. It’d still get scrapped. But that what I love about this film is that John Hughes doesn’t have a 1 sided story, he’s really got a 3-4 sided story (Ferris, Rooney, Jeanie and Cameron). He doesn’t want anything to seem too random. He asks “What happens when the principal has had enough of you? What happens when your sister has had enough of you? What happens when they both hunt you down? Will they be friends or foe?” He really gets deep into where the characters are and what they’re doing and why they’re doing what they’re doing.
Also due to there being so many sides to what’s going on it is hard to find this film not relatable in anyway. You might be a kid who feels like their parent doesn’t care about them (Cameron). You might be a teacher who knows this one kid is slacking (Rooney). You might be a sibling that’s jealous of your brother/sister and want revenge for something they did to you when you were young (Jeanie). You might be someone who’s doing something bad and doesn’t want to be caught (In this case skipping school) (Cameron, Ferris and Sloane).
John Hughes is one of the greatest directors ever. He has a great way of reminding adults what it’s like to be a kid, from Home Alone to this film to The Breakfast Club. Very soon i’m going to be doing a new concept on my website to do with this film, so stick around. It’s going to be awesome!
Source of pics: Paramount Pictures