Thursday, December 15, 2005

Dead Poet's Society

It is a drama film. It is directed by Peter Weir. The main actors are: Robbie Williams as John Keating, Robert Sean Leonard as Neil Perry, Ethan Hawke as Todd Anderson, Gale Hansen as Charlie Dalton, Josh Charles and Dylan Kussman. It takes place in Walton Academy in 1959.

In 1959, it started a new year at Walton Academy. Walton had a victorian style of education. Its students were from powerful families. Todd Anderson has been sent to the school, where his older brother was valedictorian. His roommate was Neil, he was intelligent and popular, but his father was very overbearing and Neil must do the things he wanted. The two, along with their other friends, met Professor Keating, who was their new English literature teacher. He taught his students to find the necessary inspiration to change their lives into something extraordinary, to look for nwe horizons and to carry out their dreams and passions beyond the strict study plans of Walton. For that, they recovered the Dead Poet's Society from the oblivion. It means that a group of students went regularly to a cave near Walton and there, they recited poems, passages of books, and so on. In those sessions they changed their names and, sometimes, their personality. Mr. Keating covered up for them when they went out of the school. Little by little, each, on their own, changed their lives. But in the end, they were discovered and they were obliged to change again. One of the boys, Neil Perry, comitted suicide and another was expelled from the school because he did not sign a paper. John Keating was sacked although some of his students supported him. But I think some of the boys never forgot Mr. Keating and his teachings.

In my opinion this film is brilliant. I think it has lots of riddles and paradoxes. I agree with Mr. Keating's teachings and in my opinion most actors do a very good performance. The most famous sentences which are said by Keating in the film are: Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day! Make your lives extraordinary! I like the sentence "Carpe Diem" very much. In my opinion it is very important in our lives. The plot is very gripping, amazing and innovative. It has a different point of view of people's life. The film has some amusing scenes and I think that the screenplay is good. I rocommend it to everyone.


Belén Abello Álvarez

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