The Breakfast Club Review

The brats of the 70’s, Dogme 95,…even the mention of these revolutions must give hardcore cinephiles the goosebumps, I reckon. They saved cinema. Now you may be thinking to yourself (obviously you ain’t but pretend for my sake) when does cinema need saving ? Well, I think it is when every character you see on the screen from the opening to the ending credits is a tried-and-tested cliche. It is when scripts are dumbed down for the audiences. And if you want to test that the veracity of my statement is hors concours, then go watch a movie about teenage. Well,….. just not The Breakfast Club. It’s sheer genius. I know when you watch it, it probably doesn’t come off as one, but it is and here’s why.

This is the premise. Five teenagers, each a stereotype- the prom queen, the sports star, the nerd, the weirdo and the jerk are put together in the school library on a Saturday for detention. And as their conversations progress, the layers start peeling off. The characters basically just sleep, swear, talk about how much their parents suck and sex and occasionally, smoke weed. So as you can see, it is at least brutally realistic.

And that realism is its most paramount factor. Take almost any other teenage movie and you will see how screenplays shamelessly sugarcoat teenage angst till it appears to be banal, and the only factor that remains is the one which the target audience (read teenage couples) go into the cinema halls to see, viz. plot mechanisms related to testosterone and progesterone.

But, in The Breakfast Club, John Hughes treats his characters and their angst with the respect it deserves. They say all great art is about something deeper than it admits. On the surface, The Breakfast Club may look like a simple plot, but at its crux, it is a tale of identity crisis in teenage years and how the stereotypes we assume in that period, meaninglessly keep us captive in a self-constructed prison. Throughout the movie, Hughes pays special attention in not focusing on any character, yet diverting that attention towards their tales by which each characters dons a different stereotype depending on the tale he/she is saying, so as to illustrate the transcendental nature of the roles we consider to permanent.

It also explores what I think is the only beauty in teenage life – how conversations seem to be meaningful and life-changing. Through the course of the movie, the characters mostly yank about balderdash, but towards the end, an eerie silence hangs over the movie, affirming it all did add up to something important, which one of them will take away. And instead of sugarcoating the plot with an uplifting ending, Hughes opts for a bittersweet one, which will be cherished long after the screen fades. (This all takes place during a Saturday detention by the way)

All though I may have destroyed the interest you may have had in watching this movie by making it look like a mind-fuck Kaufman, believe me, it is the most fun you can have watching a movie. The Breakfast Club is a hilarious and poignant tale, the kind which refreshes our memory from time to time on why we actually go to the movies.

RATING :- 9.4 / 10

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Stand By Me

A year ago, me and my close friend named Amogh, were requested by the principal of our school to represent our school in a science fair. A science fair is as interesting for 14 year-olds as watching a submarine race standing on a beach. Both of us, being huge fans of Boston Legal, went through the rules and regulations of the competition as thoroughly as we should have gone over our school textbooks. And we struck gold. There was a provision by which we could get three more people in our project. And (spoiler alert!) we obviously did. With our whole gang in the project, we started it on a holiday. The day began with the project and eventually faded into conversations about crushes, Ip Man, and ended with a game of darts. Somewhere along, we had done the project as well. The very next day, we broke it.

Eventually, long story short, we spent half our school semester bunking classes to make it again. What amazes me is that on the last day, we were all laughing hysterically recounting our memories but departed to our classes with tears in our eyes. We had connected and I had felt, this is a bond that will never break in my lifetime. A year after, I am ignoring one of them, and two of them have become, just faces in the hall. But, the remaining two are my best friends. These are the memories that race through my mind when Gordie Lachance utters ‘Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant‘.

Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me is just like my story. It is definitely more thrilling, more adventurous and has more likeable characters, but the core is similar. It is about a group of four boys named Gordie, Vern, Teddy and Chris who set out to find the body of a kid. But the plot, isn’t about it at all. It is the experience of teenage and friendship that is at the forefront of the story.

Stephen King is like the Martin Scorsese of writing. Whatever Scorsese and King create are works of art, but it is art that penetrates the mind of both the critic and the plebeian. Nor Bela Tarr or Micheal Bay are great. One is loved by critics and one is loved by the audience, but both never get the love of the both. But, King does. And better, all his books are viable screenplays. Reiner’s Stand by Me is another addition to the collection of great movies inspired by King’s works like The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Carrie and what not.

First of all, what a performance by Will Wheaton. I have never been a Star Trek fan and I pretty sure I will never be, but I have known Wheaton from his cameos on The Big Bang Theory and loved them. But never would I have guessed, such range ! Wheaton is perfect here and so are River Phoenix and Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman. I can vouch for the fact that this is the greatest portrayal of teenage friendship amongst boys in film history.

People think that boys smoke, drink, play cards, flirt because they are trying to be cool. This movie demolishes that false propaganda. It shows these for what they really mean to boys :- They are just trying to somehow get through this period. It is a period where various responsibilities fall on their shoulders. ‘Study, you are gonna be the future bread earner‘, ‘Get a hot chick or you are gonna feel low and die lonely‘ are the thoughts that meander through every teenage boy’s mind and these are catalysts to get through them. Not that I am justifying it, but still..

Another thing that amazed me about this movie is that in the inception of the movie, they portray these four as the typical bad-gang, smoking, playing cards and all that but as the movie progresses, their hardness is peeled of gradually, and we see them for what they really are, emotionally turmoiled human beings who, now having seen how vast the world can be, are scared of it. They are scared that not every one becomes a football player, not everyone gets into college, not every one becomes successful. They feel as if they are failures in their life, even before they have even lived it. It is an uplifting story, because towards the end, they have eradicated that fears. They learn to stand up for themselves. More importantly, they become crystal clear that someone will stand by them.

Stand By Me is a definitive portrayal of teen angst, and male friendship and more than that I think, it wants to convey that, sometimes, even though it may make no sense (like setting out to find a dead body), we have to get lost to find ourselves. In the end, the older Gordie says ‘I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone ?’ In my story, the age would be 14. But, boy do I realize, ain’t that a grand story I have to tell.

Rating :- 9.5 / 10

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3 Idiots Review

Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is about how Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya) go on a road trip to Shimla to search for their long-lost best friend Rancho (Aamir Khan) while Farhan recounts their epic tales of friendship at university, their feud with the head of the university Viru Sahastrabuddhi (Boman Irani) and Rancho’s romance with Pia Sahastrabuddhi (Kareena Kapoor) as they try to get through the ruthless education system of India.

Back when it released it 2009, I insisted to see it for two reasons – 1. It had Aamir Khan, who I adored deeply and still do for his work on Taare Zameen Par and, 2. It had Kareena Kapoor, who I had a great crush on and still do. And I went to watch the movie. The theatres where only playing 3 Idiots at that time, with the movie minting money like none other. We had to book the tickets a day ago, because of the movie’s immense popularity but the impact was felt by my young mind of 8 years only when I walked into the screening. Apparently, people had bought tickets to stand and watch the movie. The whole hall was literally packed with people , and there it began.

I can honestly say that the dialogues of 3 Idiots are second to none in the history of cinema. It felt like a Robin Williams stand up act. It moved at a unflagging pace, yet made us laugh our hearts out at every wit. At the time of its release, it was considered a social stigma to not have watched 3 Idiots with many of my friends going to watch the movie just because they couldn’t handle the insults hurled them for not doing so. That was when I could really experience the word-of-mouth promotions at its zenith.

I haven’t seen a movie which handles its themes as well as 3 Idiots. Which other movie can you name which goes from a song to next in 6 minutes and from a moment of absolute comedy to a heartbreaking emotional flair. Only one name comes to mind. Spielberg’s Jaws in which there is a scene in which a scene of comedy turns into absolute horror. Such accomplished is 3 Idiots. It works as a great satire, observing the flaws of the Indian education system under a microscope, going through the issues in a languid way, without forgetting its themes under its rapid fire comedy-riot.

The factor that made 3 Idiots such a great movie is its brutal stark realism, the way the characters talk, their body language, reminded me of my own friends. There isn’t a single dull moment in its long running time. Not one.

The performances by each actor is unforgettable. Although it had Sharman, Aamir, Madhavan and Kareena, the stand out is undoubtedly Omi Vaidya as Silencer. The direction by Hirani is superb. The way he conducts the entire movie is unbelievable. For a change in Hindi movies, the cinematography is fabulous. It looked pretty as a picture. The songs are stupendous, devoid of any Bollywood nonsense often attached to the songs churned out.

The bromance and romance are unbelievable. For the entire running time, we forget that Madhavan, Sharman and Aamir are on the screen, for us it’s Farhan, Raju and Rancho. The striking chemistry between Aamir and Kareena is unforgettable. There set the screen on fire whenever they are on screen and you really want to jump up and whistle when they kiss at last.

The way the movie depicts the flaws of ED of India is breath taking. They resonate deeply with everyone’s life and works just as a satire should. I loved it !

3 Idiots has a soul which maybe the purest it can be. I love it, I adorn it. You become the 5th friend among the gang as the story progresses. Whenever I watch it, it makes me want to fall in love, hug my friends, to excel and more importantly, love myself. 3 Idiots is a classic like no one other, but moreover, the movie is a friend of mine like none other.

Rating : 9.8 / 10

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