Blind Spot series also goes hand in hand with my Back on Track feature.
Ryan over at The Matinee is hosting a great feature that pushes bloggers like me to watch movies we have heard a lot about but haven’t seen yet. The idea is to select 12 movies (mine are listed in the sidebar), watch a movie for the first time each month for a full year and post about it every month. But I have chosen to do things a bit differently and post two at the time every other month, so here are my first two blind spot movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Princess Bride.
I remember the feeling of pure youthful joy while watching The Breakfast Club and though Ferris Bueller’s Day Off had the same kind of promise, it didn’t quite live up to Hughes’ previous work. That being said, it was still a very fun watch and exciting at times but maybe Ferris just didn’t connect with me as well as I expected.
Having seen many John Hughes’ movies, The Breakfast Club remaining my favorite, I knew I wasn’t going to dislike the movie. That’s probably why I chose Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as one of my Blind Spot movies, the fact that I was 100% certain I was going to like it if not love it. Like I said, I wasn’t as thrilled about the whole flick but I still enjoyed Matthew Broderick’s take on the character and Ferris breaking the fourth wall. Talking to the audience seems to be a popular technique nowadays, with House of Cards and The Wolf of Wall Street as one of the great ones all using this element to enhance the experience.
The trio’s other great part was Alan Ruck’s Cameron, as sort of a balance to the courage and craziness of Ferris, Cameron was the logical and maybe even the frightened one of them all. Yet, he felt authentic and sweet throughout and I must say the comedic timing of the two was spot on. That being said, the weak link of the group was Mia Sara’s Sloane who never really lived up the the greatness of Broderick and Ruck. She was the odd-man out and I can’t help to wonder if her character would have been a bit better with somebody else in her shoes.
As far as the story goes, it’s your typical teenage rebellion against the school system – timeless and funny. There is a certain element of being current as well because no matter what, kids will always want to ditch school and step against the principle and win in the end. I know I haven’t really made the kind of effort like Ferris did but the heart of the story feels familiar.
This was the kind of movie I knew I had to watch because I had seen the title going around in movie blogs quite a lot and since I had no idea what I was getting myself into, I ended up liking the movie a lot. The thing is, though it’s really difficult to get on the same page with Rob Reiner’s direction and William Goldman’s story at first, The Princess Bride will eventually entertain you in ways you never imagined.
I decided half way through that a lot of the fairy tale story elements had an ironic twist to them and that was probably the moment I started to enjoy this movie a lot more. There was never a dull moment, everything was sort of comedic when you start to think about it but maybe it’s just the fact that it is a movie from the late 80’s and nowadays that type of cinematic experience feels a bit funny. But I can’t say it’s a bad thing, on the contrary, I think having such elements makes this movie timeless and the element of fun is still there, even though the idea of it might have altered itself throughout the years.
One of the great things about seeing classics is seeing the actors who have turned up to be quite different. Seeing Robin Wright as The Princess Bride might feel a bit odd after watching 4 episodes of House of Cards in a row but never the less, it was quite cute to see a movie that started Wright’s career. Another character that totally surprised me was Mandy Patinkin’s Inigo Montoya – man, that man was handsome back then and though his appearance seemed something fit for a Musketeer movie, it was hard not to see him as the man in Criminal Minds and Homeland.
Maybe it was me but the only actor who never seemed out of place was Cary Elwes as Westley. He was charming and courageous, funny and adorable at the same time, and maybe it’s his British showing through or the fact that I had Robin Hood: Men in Tights flashbacks, but he was my favorite in The Princess Bride. Is this movie going to be my favorite among the Blind Spot series I can’t say at the moment but I’m sure it was the most fun to watch.
Loved the reviews. I’ve always liked Princess Bride but I’ve never been as smitten with it as most have. That said, I do feel I need to rewatch it.
Ferris Buehler on the other hand, I love that movie. I’ve always found it to be clever, a bit smug, but really funny. I love principal Rooney and the pre-Tiger Blood Charlie Sheen cameo is a hoot. It recently made one of my Phenomenal 5 lists. All of that being said, I can see wear someone may not latch onto it.
Again, loved the reviews.
Sheen actually looked kind of hot back then, I must admit. His cameo was indeed priceless come to think of it.
Thanks for the comment!
Great reviews. Love The Princess Bride and even think Elwes perfect for that role. 🙂
Agreed on your commentary vis a vis Bueller.
Glad to hear!
Great batch of reviews. I personally loved both these movies, especially The Princess Bride! That movie just kills me every time. BOO! BOO! LOL, love it. “Rodents of unusual size? I don’t think they exist…” BAM!
It was indeed a fun experience.. definitely one for the books!
I’m a big fan of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for similar reasons to Keith. You hit the nail on the head when you said it is timeless and funny. The Princess Bride is still a blind spot for me. One of these days, I’ll get around to it. Nice reviews.
You should definitely check out TPB, it is completely different and yet as fun, or even more fun, at times!
Two of my faves there, nice reviews. I find myself quoting one of these two quite often at the most random times.
Cool.. what quotes, if I may ask?
For a while there, I was getting bloggers to watch pop culture staples that I grew up with. I wanted to get fresh eyes on films that may or may not hold up to the passage of time – the idea being that films that are so-called “modern classics” may not be after all.
FERRIS BEULLER was one of the first.
the writer I got to tackle it pointed out something I’d never thought of before; after you turn 30, the idea of watching a kid going through so much to ditch school loses a bit of its “cool factor” (especially one who’s already missed eight days in the semester). It’s sort of like reading your own Twitter feed – ya might think you’re pretty funny, but when you see all your jokes strung together they lose their lustre.
That said, I did have the goofiest grin on my face last summer when I finally got to that museum and stood in front of those iconic masterpieces.
Great post – welcome to the blindspotters!
I’m 25.. it still felt fun and cool.. so I guess I still have time to enjoy Ferris just a little bit more! 🙂
Glad to be a part of the blindspotters. 😀
Great reviews! I’ve only seen bits of Ferris but I really do need to watch the whole movie in one sitting. I never saw the intense love for Princess Bride before until I saw it last year. It’s a fun movie; it was enjoyable and the actors were great. Inigo Montoya might be my favorite character.
I think I liked both movies, The Princess Bride a bit more because it has more memorable moments and crazy moment. Mandy indeed created a great character,. all the struggles and laughs together.
Thanks for the comment! 🙂
My husband and I have gone several days speaking in just ‘Princess Bride’ quotes. It’s one of our favorite movies, and still seems to be quite the cultural phenomenon.
Interesting.. I wouldn’t quote it myself but then again, I just saw it this month! I guess I don’t really have a movie I could quote but I think if I watch a movie a lot and more, then I would start quoting it..
I watched Ferris and The Breakfast Club back-to-back and even though I love the latter just a tiny bit more, Ferris is one of my favorite films. It’s a bit more light and straight-forward comedy than Breakfast Club.
By the way, you have a great voice as heard on Ryan’s latest podcast episode 😀
I saw Breakfast Club last year and I think it kind of hit home more..
And well, my voice sounds so weird to me but I guess it’s like that with all of us and our voices.. 😀
Great reviews. I myself wasn’t too big on Ferris Bueller, somehow found it all a bit too silly. Princess Bride though I really liked and when I showed it to my kids they also fell in love with it and have watched it several times since.
Ferris was a bit too much in a way.. it wasn’t as easy going as The Breakfast Club.