Dead Poet’s Society (1989) | Movie Review

I couldn’t sleep one 12.20 a.m. this past night. After much thought and the inability to fall asleep after mild rigorous exercises, I decided to watch Dead Poet’s Society, starring the late Robin Williams as English teacher, Mr. Keating.

How do I describe Dead Poet’s Society in 100 words or less?

It’s a breath of fresh air, a beautifully simple story without overly complicated metaphors for the audience to feel the need to relate to characters in the film because all characters are relatable in one way or another.

This film centers around a group of students whose lives have been changed by the unorthodox teachings of their new English teacher who encourages them to ‘seize the day’ from the popularized Latin saying ‘Carpe Diem’. Contrary to their preparatory school’s law abiding, conformity driven lifestyle, Mr. Keating, former preparatory student, wants his students to take  life as it is given and live for ‘today’.

I love the fact that this story is simple and more importantly real. It was a movie with an actual relatable plot. In this contemporary world, cinema has turned to post-apocalyptoc scenes and action fantasies and superheroes to fill in our imagination. At some point, all these action films plots and story lines will get as mundane as going to the mall every weekend.

At some point, all these super films will be overdone, and it will make you yearn for the simpler things in life like air.

Dead Poet’s Society was my breath of fresh air from Tris’s post first world cum third world problems in the Divergent series which has at some point taken a turn to be as confusing as The Maze Runner.

I’m not trying to make bad comments about any films in this era, I am simply stating that in a sea of post-apocalyptic dystopian societies and young adult protagonist against overpowering evil adults, come rise the whale of films and that is the celebration of mediocrity and normality.

Films in which actual relatable characters going through relatable obstacles will send comfort knocking on your door, and nostalgia crashing the party.

An honest to goodness, heartfelt coming of age film that will make you go “Wish I had a teach like that”

Thanks for reading!




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