Dead Poets Society Movie Review A Cinema Static Classic Reflection

by on November 28, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Dead Poets Society movie review

This Cinema Static Classic Reflection movie review is about Dead Poets Society, made in 1989 for a mere $16 million, grossed over $200M worldwide, $95 of that was in the U.S.. Rentals accounted for an additional $48M.

Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

It stars Robin Williams (Old Dogs, Good Will Hunting, Night at the Museum franchise) as professor John Keating, House’s own Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson on House M.D., The I Inside) as the tragically destined Neil Perry and Ethan Hawke (Daybreakers, Brooklyn’s Finest) as Todd Anderson.

The movie is directed by Peter Weir (The Way Back, The Truman Show) & written by Tom Schulman (Me, Myself & Irene, Indecent Proposal).

When I first saw Dead Poet’s Society back in the late 80’s, the experience was wasted on me. I was a huge Robin Williams fan and the kind of movie I gravitated to was not this, but comedic and the more explosive, gun-toting kind of movie. I remember walking away from this movie, having taken nothing from it. Shame on me, but I was young. Very young.

I’ve recently had opportunity to see it again on HBO and the tale of the movie drives home a moving story of trying to foster a sense of originality and free thinking within a system that is more confined by societal compliance.

Professor Keating is the source of the inspiration as a new semester starts at a private school where a group of students meet their new English teacher, Mr. Keating. On day one, Keating instructs the students to start ripping pages out of their poetry books and that sets the pace for the class as he teaches the kids to see things for themselves and to think for themselves.

That in and of itself is a huge hurdle of most of these kids who through various deeds and acts. Through the course of the story the students we follow attempt deeds and choices that they normally would not have made prior to meeting professor Keating.

We focus on a few of the students more than the others but after being introduced to the Dead Poet’s Society that existed in Keating’s day, Neil starts the club up again as they meet in a cave to secretly explore their poetic creativity. Neil’s father, Mr. Perry, is played by Kurtwood Smith (Whose career covers such shows as That 70’s Show, Medium & Fox’s 24.)

Robert Sean Leonard in Dead Poets Society

Every actor delivers wonderful roles. I was riveted to Robert Sean Leonard as I watched similar mannerisms that I’ve come to recognize from his Dr. Wilson role in House M.D.. I found it peculiar that in Dead Poets Society, has father wanted him to become a doctor. In House, he is a doctor.

Though no one character stood out at me, the cast as a whole, the ensemble delivered a united experience. That is, until Neil’s moment late in the movie. (In case you couldn’t tell, I’m trying not to spoil the film in the wild event that some folks may still have not seen this movie.)

This is a great movie for introspective thinking & reflecting. A fantastic movie for a quite evening where you want to just slide away from your reality for the moment and find yourself pulled into rooting for the youth and their expressive, explorative journeys of youth once again.

In other words, recommends Dead Poets Society.

on Amazon: Dead Poets Society (Special Edition)

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