7poundbag.com founder David Snipes and I don’t always agree, but we most certainly agree on this. Dead Poets Society was one of Robin Williams defining roles, along with Good Will Hunting in my opinion.
Williams was a great comedic actor and DPS was one of his first serious acting roles and he pulled it off with flying colors. Williams played the part of English teacher John Keating at the prestigious Welton Academy, an elite prepatory school in the Northeast.
He encouraged his students to think outside the box (before it was a commonly used phrase) and to make their lives memorable, to make a difference. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Gattaca) plays shy and introverted Todd Anderson and Robert Sean Leonard (House M.D.) is Neil Perry who subscribes to Keating’s take on life and philosophy by going against his father (Kurtwood Smith, That 70’s Show) and acting in a play. The consequences are tragic and Keating takes the fall for it.
I first saw this movie when I was in high school and it’s one of my all-time favorites, right up there with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. The movie is directed by movie icon Pete Weir and features an All-Star cast, it’s deep and thought provoking. It’s a powerfully moving film that has a great ending:
If you haven’t seen this movie….watch it. It shows teachers can make a difference and again….it’s one of Williams finest acting performances. Simply put it’s an amazing film.
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