I may not be of the generation that was impacted most by John Hughes’ work, but I thought that I should give him a little tribute after just reading about his death. For those of you who haven’t heard, John Hughes, the man behind many iconic 80’s teen movies, died earlier today from a sudden heart attack, at the age of 59.
I haven’t seen all of his work, but, like any teenager worth their salt, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are two of my favourite movies. Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink (which he wrote) are great, too. All of these movies seem wonderfully “retro”, but they’ve aged well because they’re so honestly written. I think they’ll continue to be seen as cinematic classics, and many future generations of teenagers will be able to relate to them in the same ways that I, and so many others, have. Who can’t relate to at least one (if not all) of the detainees in The Breakfast Club? The characters ring true, and this makes his movies a joy to watch. Though he hadn’t directed a film since 1991, and seemed to be somewhat reclusive in the last years of his life, John Hughes’ legacy and work will live on, and he will be greatly missed.