Heroes of the 1980s
In class, the “heroes” in movies of the 1980s were described as emotionless, masculine, strong men who had a mission to attend to, and they would use their muscles and weaponry to get what they needed. The analysis of all men in movies in the 1980s having to fit this criteria stands corrected with just a few of the most popular movies of the 1980s. The Brat Pack was a group of actors who were the most popular in the 1980s, and their careers mainly stayed there with their most popular movies in that decade. These actors were most known for the John Hughes movies, which idolized problems teenagers have in high school, and how they must overcome them. So many generations related to these films, and not one of these movies favor characters with the adjectives of strongly masculine, emotionless, physical and never broken. In the Brat Pack movies, the character show how much distress they live in throughout high school and they are able to clearly show their emotions, even as a man. In the movie, “Pretty in Pink.” one of the main characters Ducky was constantly showing his emotions for the female lead character, Andy. He was never afraid to show who he was and say how he cared. In one scene, he comes into Andy’s job and sang a song in front of her and her boss to try and impress her, but it doesn’t work even after he states how she was the girl for him. In the end, he does become her hero as he takes her to pro.
In the movie “The Breakfast Club,” the main lead character John Bender is shown as a person who does hide his emotions, and is more determined to show his “bad ass” side that covers all his feelings. In the end, he is shown truly liking a girl he would never have talked to unless he was forced to talk to her. The movie showed how there shouldn’t be barriers between people because of what they do in high school, and shouldn’t not be friends because of the others they are friends with. this character was more on the rugged side, but not as structured into the role that was put on the actions heroes of the 1980s. this character was a hero in realizing that everyone in high school should be seen as equal, and should let barriers of popularity stand between being someone’s friend.
In “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Ferris was a student in high school who needed a break and wanted to let his friend realize he didn’t need to be as stressed as he was normally. Ferris was a hero in letting so many people know that everyone needs to enjoy life, and Ferris didn’t have to a strong, muscular man to do so. This movie was also popular for decades, and set a stage for teenage movies that come after. He wanted people to know that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and people really took notice.
Heroes can be seen in many places, even if they aren’t necessarily saving the world. The muscular, big man doesn’t always have to be the one to save the damsel in distress and stop the bad guy. Sometimes that figure isn’t needed to have a hero.