Excerpt: I was channel surfing the other day and caught a bit of “Patch Adams”, a movie which I’d never seen. I didn’t watch the whole thing but I was familiar with the plot. The 80’s saw the rise of a young comic by the name of Robin Willaims and he made his mark (or “Mork”, rather) in television on the show “Mork and Mindy” in which he played an alien trying to learn how the humans “worked.
Conclusion: I no longer feel that Dead Poets Society is overrated. It has been endlessly praised and remains one of the defining films of the inspirational teacher subgenre. If you can enter without those elevating your expectations, you are likely to enjoy this substantive, soulful drama. The film's Blu-ray is pretty much a drag and drop of its solid Special Edition DVD extras alongside a fine if unspectacular 1080p presentation of the film.
Conclusion: 'Dead Poets Society' is a very well made film with a cast of young up-and-coming stars. It looks back, with nostalgia and honesty combined, on a simple time where individualism wasn't expected of these bright young men. Robin Williams is less of a main character than I remembered, but this is one of his best and most memorable performances.
Conclusion: To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life! Of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here. That life exists. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on... and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
Conclusion: Beautifully directed and with an Oscar-winning story, Dead Poets is an often overlooked screen gem. Itís notable also for a baby-faced Ethan Hawke and a premium performance from Robin Williams.