St. Elmo’s Fire is a coming of age drama featuring most of the best young actors of the mid-eighties: Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Mare Winningham, Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe, and Kevin McCarthy. The movie follows the life of 7 people in their early twenties four months after they graduated Georgetown University. St. Elmo’s Fire Blu-ray features a 2:40:1 picture (the one with the black bars) and the usual banal extra features. I doubt this one is worth the extra dollars for the blu-ray version.
Billy (Lowe) is an irresponsible and married musician. Kevin (McCarthy) is the unhappy budding journalist. Kirby (Estevez) works at the local hang out to pay for law school. Jules (Moore) is a rich kid living beyond her means and with a drinking problem. Wendy (Winningham) is the mousey one with self-worth issues and an undying love for Billy. Alec (Nelson) and Leslie (Sheedy) are together; Alec is a political flunky and Leslie is an artist. They all have issues and problems facing adulthood.
The movie basically tracks them on their way to that moment when they are forced to grow up or to realize they are no longer just kids.
St. Elmo’s Fire is still a pretty good movie is you are in the age bracket of the characters or it was a personal favorite when it first came out. It is a bit long, meandering, and does not really give the viewer a chance to connect with the superficial characters, of which there are probably too many.
Special Features on St. Elmo’s Fire Blu-ray include a director’s commentary track, John Parr’s Man in Motion video, deleted scenes, Joel Schumacher Remembers St. Elmo’s Fire, and a Making Of.