80s, color in films, detention, high school, institution, kids, principal, school, teenagers, teens, the athlete, the basket case, the brain, the breakfast club, the criminal, the princess, weekend
The Breakfast Club has been a favorite film of mine since I was young. Not only were the characters kids we could all relate to but the experiences they shared were very much real. I was pinned as Ally Sheedy’s character; weird, artistic and in her own world. This film brings me back, for sure.
Set in their local high school on a weekend, the five students have to face a day together in detention. Each one is different from the next, yet after hours of being in the same room, they find a way to get along. With an 80s vibe and somewhat institutional color scheme, the film gets under your skin and brings you along an unexpected ride through the one and only teen years.
I find it interesting how primary colors are highlighted throughout the film and used to represent the characters. The criminal in denim, red plaid and black sunglasses. The basket case in all black. The athlete in all blue. The princess in pink. And the brain in green and beige. The set, being the school, is pretty much like any other school. With neutral tones it stands as a dull backdrop. This only helps you focus more on the characters.
All in all, there is a message. A message that is best understood when you are young. Society will always find a way to label who you are and cage your ideas. But its when you break that wall of control and ignorance, that great things start to happen. When you are young, there are times it seems as if everyone and everything is against you. The only thing you can truly do is be yourself and show the world you are not afraid. There may be a dull environment clouding your soul, but if you own who you truly are, you can shine and create a brighter world.