- Aug 15, 2008
- Reaction score
I was born in '86 and was never a cable TV watcher, so I really haven't seen a lot of movies like this. Too young to watch them when they were still relatively new rentals, and by the time I was a teenager there was too much new stuff to ever go back and watch anything besides the most notable films of the era like the breakfast club, ferris bueller, etc.
So I am sure some of it is just that I don't really get the style/pacing of the era (like the Apatow-style that prevailed in the late 2000s)...but both of these were *bad*
I'd heard occasional references to St. Elmo's Fire so when it popped up on Amazon, we gave it a go. It just had zero substance. It was like you take a 50s movie approach to romantic subplots (boy meets girl, 30 seconds of exposition-less courtship occurs, they are in love and we can return to the main story) and try to make an entire movie out of it set in a sex charged 80s bar scene. The whole thing was just utter nonsense.
About last night was better, probably owing to the David Mamet source material (but you could almost tell when they were using Mamet's dialogue vs creating their own). The core story's not bad, and many elements worked, but like so many 80s rom-coms, it just felt like it had this gigantic hole where its soul was missing.
St. Elmo's Fire: 2/5
About last night...: 3/5, but maybe only because I liked seeing all of the Chicago filming locations.