I watched Ferris Bueller for the first time last night. It was quite an interesting experience. I was a little surprised by both the events in the film and what what elements (I gathered) helped it come to be such a classic. I feel very confused about it actually and can’t quite come to a decision as to what I saw. I liked and disliked the film.
The rebellious and irresponsible actions of our ‘protagonist’ are both delightfully entertaining and oddly discomforting. Throughout the film we see Ferris, with skill and luck, avoid calamity after calamity. The friendship Ferris has with Cameron is special but also, in a way, abusive. I felt genuinely uncomfortable when the $18 million Ferrari was taken and driven around the city of Chicago. I felt my gut twist when (spoiler) the car was destroyed. The movie paints a unique picture where Ferris and his irresponsible choices are hailed and praised while authority figures are lowered and humiliated. No doubt I was very entertained and, like the movie’s intended audience, connected to Ferris through that special freedom we all wish for. I feel incredibly torn on this film. I don’t love it but I certainly don’t hate it. I honestly don’t understand it.
There’s something to be said about that freedom we all wish for. Ferris is our catalyst for experiencing a world of no consequences. A window to a world where we can experience anything we want while putting our life and responsibilities on hold. Ferris is interesting to me though. I’m not so sure I could confidently say that Ferris Bueller hates school. His elaborate schemes and tricks suggest more of a desire for something more. Something different and exciting. A world away from the classroom and its slow and steady flow of information. Ferris is (I believe) closer to a person who gets tired, but doesn’t want to quit. This is where I think I struggle most when it comes to connecting with the movies’ idea.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
This line, is the fundamental thesis of the film. Stop and smell the roses. However, Ferris’ actions, directed towards smelling the roses, are done so at the expense of nearly everyone around him. It bugs me how much Cameron, the primary victim, will have to suffer due to the choices of his friend. I agree with this line wholeheartedly but I don’t believe people should ever have to pay dearly in order that I may stop and smell the roses.
When it comes down to it. I need more time to figure out whether or not I like or dislike the film. On one hand, Ferris is a selfish, irresponsible deceiver. On the other hand, he may have a point. I’ve missed out on some really special things in my life due to my choice to remain responsible, and I’m not confident I’ve made the right choices.