“This isn’t real. You know what it is? It’s St. Elmo’s Fire.”
A group of self-centered friends struggle with life and love after college.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Ensemble Cast
- Love Triangle
- Martin Balsam Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary is fairly dismissive of this hit Brat Pack film, calling it “trite and klutzy, a beatable combination”. I was equally disappointed when re-watching it recently; the characters are so unappealing that it’s difficult to generate any concern for what happens to them. The one exception is Emilio Estevez as Kirby, the love-lorn medical student whose travails could easily have filled the entire film — instead, however, director Joel Schumacher chooses to shuffle back and forth continuously between far too many inane sub-plots about drug addiction, infidelity, and career crises. A hot 80’s soundtrack (including the winning title song) was what kept me going through this otherwise insufferable mess.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Sensitive performances by Ally Sheedy, Mare Winningham, and Emilio Estevez
- An undeniably catchy title song
No, though it’s worth a look simply for its historical notoriety as the ultimate “brat pack” film.
2 thoughts on “St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)”
Hadn’t seen this til now.
How can I explain just how much this movie has already enriched my life…?
I did, however, get a giggle out of the homoerotic mural senselessly adorning the full-length of Judd Nelson’s living room wall.