Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Review: Dead Poets Society
Starring: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke
Length: 128 min.
IMDB Summary: English professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.
Besides the fact that it's an English teacher's delight, Dead Poets Society combines good acting, music and plot to forge a film that is a timeless classic. Williams' spunk and vivacity give a boost to scenes featuring a younger, less-experienced Hawke. The young actor who shines in the film is Gale Hansen, who portrays the the troublemaker of the Dead Poets bunch and receives numerous scoldings throughout the film. Although nowadays the "carpe diem" of the film could just as easily translate to "YOLO," the notion of "seize the day" in Dead Poets Society portrays a youthful eagerness to aim for excellence in every aspect of life, from school and clubs to friendships and family.
This film would probably be a PG-13 today, due to some innuendo, mild language, substance abuse, a boy punished with a beating, a theatrically implied (but not shown) violent act toward the end of the film
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