October 2, 2017
Title: Dead Poets Society
Release Date: June 9, 1989
Starring: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, and Robert Sean Leonard
A new teacher comes to a prestigious preparatory school and uses unconventional ways to teach young boys poetry, which causes much controversy.
Dead Poets Society is mix of Freedom Writers meets Mona Lisa Smiles that ultimately gets you riled up while pulling at your heart strings. Going into this movie all I knew was Netflix’s synopsis, “An unconventional teacher inspires students through poetry — and when the school fires him, his devastated students rally behind him” and my husband’s view, “it isn’t a happy movie; pretty depressing actually.” So I knew I was in for an emotional treat.
It is no secret that education can be quite dull. Public and private education alike can take away your individualism and creativity. Some schools uphold uniforms and hire old monotone professors to teach. This movie brings to light how conformity can squash a young person’s dreams and inspiration. Robin Williams’ character, Mr. Keating aka Captain, throws conformity out the window and encourages students to pursue their passions and break from the norm.
This movie is full of passion, dreams, heartache, and fear. Some of the boys are afraid of their parents, of failure, of trying something different, or of being brave. All they have ever known is obedience. These boys have never had a voice. Mr. Keating comes in and tells them to tear the introduction out of their books, because you can’t measure what someone’s words or ideas can do for you. This is shocking and many hesitate, but through unfamiliar teaching strategies, Mr. Keating helps these boys speak for themselves and break out of their shells.
While watching this movie, I started thinking about what my life would have looked like had I had a teacher this passionate. A teacher who broke barriers and who challenged me to look inward. Everyone out there has a story to tell. We all come from different places, belong to different families, work at different jobs, think about different stuff, and are affected by different things… yet many of our voices are stifled or fearful. We hold our thoughts and feelings in, instead of daring to put ourselves out there and be vulnerable.
Anyway, this story has a strong lesson to tell. I don’t think it something necessarily specific, but I think it will speak to different people in different ways. For me, I think it teaches us that conformity isn’t the answer. People need safe spaces to learn who they are, what they think, and why they think it. Making everyone the same will not solve any problems. I highly suggest watching this!
My Rating: 5/5
Hi, I’m Lauren! Newly married, recently graduated twenty-something figuring out life one adventure at a time. With a Dr Pepper in hand and puppy in tow… anything is possible!
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