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Dead Poets Society
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Directed By
Peter Weir

Written By:
Tom Schulman

Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen, Kurtwood Smith, Dylan Kussman, Lara Flynn Boyle, Melora Hardin, Alexandra Powers, James Waterson

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Dead Poets Society (1989)
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Movie Review by Zara
March 12th, 2007

Yeah, my heart just isn't as fond

Most of the people that I know LOVE this movie. It is seen to them as being a great classic, a quotable classic. Me, I just found it to be well-acted but melodramatic.

People have often accused Williams of playing serious in order to try and get the Academy's attention. I've defended him, explaining that he is in fact a solid dramatic actor despite his beginnings in comedy. This is the only movie where I really do feel that he was playing serious just to get the attention. There is something hollow to the teacher that he plays, molding young and impressionable minds.

Robert Sean Leonard's character (SPOILER ALERT!!!) committing suicide also rang just a little too intense for me. Somehow I don't think a kid who was otherwise satisfied with life would just suddenly decide to do himself in just because his dad didn't like him being in a play. It rang false and done simply for the sake of pulling on heartstrings.

Ethan Hawke is annoying. Yes, that's all there is to say about that.

The only character that I really liked was that of Josh Charles, playing the young man who is using the teacher's line of thinking in order to woo a young woman. Now THAT rings true.

An average movie. Not as great as you probably remember it.

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