January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #3 of the 49.
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“Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! ” – John Keating
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater when it came out in 1989 and was blown away by the characters, story and more especially by Williams performance.
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’89, cable, video, DVD, 3 Jul 2014, 15 Aug 2019, 29 Sep 2020 and 2 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A group of boys in an exclusive prep school during the 1950’s are inspired by their new English teacher.
My Take on it – Robin Williams always was able to show how great a comic actor he was, but this movie is even further proof of how amazing a dramatic actor he also was.
His performance as John Keating is one of my favorites of his largely due to the fact that the character is the kind of teacher that most of us wish we had who could inspire students to do wonderful things in life.
The story arc is quite good and they do a nice job of portraying the various plot threads of each of these characters in a very efficient and powerful way.
They find a way to transport the audience to a seemingly more innocent time and that works so well throughout.
The story itself is quite inspiring and that also in some ways inspires the viewer almost as much as it inspired the characters in the movie.
The supporting cast is also great with Ethan Hawk, Robert Sean Leonard, Josh Charles, Kurtwood Smith and Norman Lloyd all adding so many more layers to the depth of each of the characters.
Williams uses his comedic panache to keep things so enjoyable and engaging from start to finish.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robin Williams considered this movie one of his favorite films he did, and Peter Weir the best director he had ever worked with. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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