Director: Peter Weir
I have wanted to watch this film for the longest of times, and given the recent sad passing of Robin Williams, there was no time like the present and can I say WOW! I have laughed, cried and cringed with the characters from the boys school, this film literally took me on an emotional rollercoaster so much so that I have a nice tear-pool at the bottom of my glasses! :)
Set in a boys school in 1959, this film is focussed on a group of boys who, after re starting the club their teacher (Williams) created at school, become known as the Dead Poets Society. This being a club where they meet and read poetry by both famous authors and some that they have created themselves in hopes it will make them more creative and in-touch with their emotions. The four main members of the club (Neil Perry, Todd Anderson, Knox Overstreet and Charlie Dalton) all go on tremendous personal journeys throughout the film from falling in love to dealing with controlling parents and are all brought out of the restrictions placed upon them not only by the school but by parents etc and are taught to think for themselves through the wonderful Robin Williams. The acting is brilliant, heartfelt and thoroughly believable. It doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to understand that things like this did actually happen and, I think, that’s what makes it so wonderful.
I would definitely recommend this film to anyone, there are scenes that will make you laugh, make you cry and you will definitely fall in love with words and poetry by the end. You might even consider writing a poem or changing the world, all through the power of Carpe Diem.