Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Movie Review: St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Director: Joel Schumacher  Writers: Joel SchumacherCarl Kurlander

IMDb Overview:
A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. 

A Review of St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo's Fire characters, Kevin and Jules (Left to right)
Containing a strong message of disenchanted graduates coming across the "real" world we don't always expect. St. Elmo's Fire handles this issue quite nicely. We see a circle of friends who really are trying to understand their new plans in life. Yet they find themselves being truly aimless. As you go along watching into the lives of these recent graduates you see them navigate sometimes easily and sometimes unpleasantly relationships as well as job opportunities.

Well-known actors of this period are Demi Moore and Andrew McCarthy. With Demi Moore playing a lively party girl in the group of disenchanted graduate friends. Andrew McCarthy plays one of the friends every one swears is gay because of his lack of romantic interests. The truth of which is a far more jarring secret.
St. Elmo's Fire characters, Kirby with his obsessive love interest
The view of the movie really represents the time its truly trying to portray. The quality is grainy but not all in any ill-placed way. It adds to those times. The way the characters all interact and dress fueling everything. The soundtrack during St. Elmo's Fire being up to score with the times the movie is trying to have also is very lovely. What stands out best for the film is its strong use of relationship interactions and the idea it sets out to confront the issue of aimless youths.

Recommended well enough for watchers that enjoy seeing those movies of friendships changing as time goes. All added with ocassional romantic entanglements.

Genre: Young Adult, Friendships, Romance

Contains: Referencing of Disenchanted Graduates

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