St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) – Encore Review


“There are several quintessential moments in a man’s life: losing his virginity, getting married, becoming a father, and having the right girl smile at you.” – Kirby

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Cable in the 80’s, video, 15 Sep 2000, 21 May 2018 and 15 Jun 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A good of friends post College try to find a way to get their lives on track.

My Take on it – This is such an iconic film of the Brat Pack from the mid-80’s and it still holds up quite well even after 35 years.

The film takes the story of a group of friends who have finished their studies, yet are still trying to find direction in their lives.

The cast is brilliant with Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy and Mare Winningham all giving very plausible performances as this circle of friends.

The interaction between them is great to watch due to the love/hate relationships that they have with one another which comes across quite plausibly.

Andie MacDowell has a small yet integral part in the film and shines whenever she is onscreen.

The dialogue is superbly written and helps develop these various characters so well that the audience can feel for them and everything that they go through along the way.

The music in the film adds so much to the atmosphere of the story and both Man in Motion and St. Elmo’s Fire are so enjoyable to listen to over and over.

Check them out here:

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Andie MacDowell credits this film for changing her life and career. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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