RIP John Hughes
(February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009)
The man that epitomised all that was great about 80’s movies has sadly died at just 59 years of age. John Hughes was a legend and without him there would have been no Brat Pack. Ferris Bueller, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty In Pink are all classics that will mean Hughes will never be forgotten.
John Hughes was responsible for turning Molly Ringwald into a global superstar and once she decided to move away from his projects, Ringwald’s career faltered badly. The same goes for Anthony Michael Hall. After turning down roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty in Pink, Hall took a number of years to get back involved in mainstream projects.
While I’m not a big fan of his post 80’s work, John Hughes continued to be successful throughout the 90’s. Home Alone was in fact Hughes’ most successful project and was the top grossing film of 1990. Movies such as Babies Day Out and Flubber don’t appeal to me but you can’t argue with the fact his films continued to make money at the box office.
I hope that John Hughes enjoyed his time away from the public eye since 1994 and spent plenty of it with his family and friends. I was always hoping we would see a comeback from Hughes at some point but sadly it wasn’t to be.
Rest In Peace John.