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Charles’ Reviews: Dead Poets Society

Posted on: January 8, 2007

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Anyway, I’ve got the chance to watch a legendary inspirational film by Robin Williams, entitled Dead Poets Society for our Introduction to Curriculum class. After watching this movie, I am compelled, by myself, to write my review, but I since have no time to write it down, so you’ll have to do with this review from natebtt10 at I found this review as the most useful, and most intellegent.

It’s easy to recognize the cinematic brilliance of “Dead Poets Society”. The script is dripping with insightful dialog and dramatic nuance, and director Peter Weir drew out distinctly emotional performances from his entire cast, particularly Robin Williams, who has never given a finer performance. That’s all easy to observe. What’s less apparent but definitely there is the importance of this film with respect to our daily lives. This picture does not exist solely for the purpose to entertain (which it does manage to do fantastically), but also to stress the influence of both conformity and individuality on one’s life.

The story tracks the events of a group of students of a New England boarding school. The boys are inspired by the powerful example of their English teacher and free spirit, John Keating (Williams), to initiate a secret club that sneaks off to read poetry in the woods after hours. Be not fooled by this seemingly hokey premise. As the boys become engulfed by their new-found sense of nonconformity, so will you become engulfed by the story and its characters.

But only once film is finished will you appreciate how precious your individuality is, and just how much some have to sacrifice to attain theirs.

Whether you’re a conscious individual, someone struggling to find their own voice, or just have a real passion for great poetry, it is doubtless that the message of “Dead Poets Society” is one that can speak to you.

Carpe Diem!

This movie is tailor fit for teachers, teachers-to-be, students, or any individual that wants to conform the sense of individuality. After I saw the movie, I had a moment with myself, and I knew from that day forward, I can say that this movie changed my outlook in life.

John Keating, played by Robin Williams, as a teacher, had a influenced greatly his students thru his simple side comments. His unorthodox way of teaching, based on Welton Academy standard, made his students discover that authority can and must always act as a guide, but the only place where one can find out one’s true identity is within oneself.

I now realized completely that being a teacher is not just about the actual teaching, giving quizzes and the likes, but everything that the teacher do/show, even the simplest of things, the students can recognize and may imitate.

In the end, young minds all over the world are just waiting to be filled; take care what you fill the with.

Oh, Captain! My Captain!

1 Response to "Charles’ Reviews: Dead Poets Society"

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