Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets Society
Review By: Staff
Dead Poets Society Special Edition
"Carpe Diem, Seize The Day!"Â Yes, a clever punch line indeed, and it's in this movie. I think it's hard to seize the
day when you go to an all boy school, not that there's anything wrong with that; but for those of us who chose
women, it's not an easy task. I went to a Catholic school so I should know; accept we had a few girls in our
class. I think about six in total, and one of them was a skyscraper who won a Goya Bean Contest. I
wish I could made that up, but that's life when you're conformed to a uniform.
This film takes on an all male school with the only outlet of women being way beyond the borders of the
facility. Robin Williams stars as the enthusiastic new age teacher who breaks the mold of cheerless
conformity and brings his students to seeing life in a different perspective. A young Ethan Hawke
joins the cast as they are let in on a secret society by their professor where they start their own Dead
Poets Society .
Two hours, too long. Granted, it's a classic and my critique barley matters (as if it would anyway) for it is a
special edition and the DVD is what really matters. However, this film really bored me and I never saw it before
so it was all new. I did get up to make a sandwich as I let the disc run, and by the time I returned I must of
skipped a nice chunk of bore because the film had picked up a bit.
In fact, a boy was getting paddled upon the bum as I swallowed my slices of turkey and ranch chip which I
found quite amusing; not that there's anything wrong with that. However the paddling did stop and the long
stretched out scenes continued to add a damper to my Saturday afternoon.
There was plenty of key drama and well performances, but the tone to me just never settled and had me
questioning what the hell I was watching. I just never bought it and really never gave two cents about any of the
With that, the DVD is loaded with some raw takes, interview footage of the cast and crew and some other stuff.
The chapters really bothered me; for a two hour film you should have at least fifteen chapters, this one had ten.
I know that's kind of a pet peeve, but it's the small things that matter in life.
Movie Grade: C -
DVD Grade: C
Overall Grade: C