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My Review of Dead Poets Society: A Movie You Won't Forget!

Updated on August 9, 2018
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I am a student at Naples High School and I am a huge movie lover. I am aspiring to be a film critic!


You will see Walt Whitman's words, “O Captain! My Captain!", in a whole new light after seeing Dead Poets Society. This was one of the most inspirational movies that I have ever watched, and I am confident that it will be so to you as well.

Dead Poets Society is a movie that takes place in an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its historical traditions and high standards. The movie is about a new teacher, Mr. Keating, (the one and only Robin Williams), and how he uses unusual methods of teaching and inspires his students, Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), and more, to be themselves and seize the day.

Everybody has that one teacher who does more for them than just teaching. They help you try to be more and make your dreams come true. Robin Williams as Mr. Keating does just that. He portrayed his character so well that when I was watching the movie, I wanted to join in his class. I enjoyed watching him demonstrate his voice acting skills and his comedic side in some of his scenes. Especially after the tragic loss of Robin Williams, I cherished his acting in this movie even more.

Everybody else in the movie performed well, especially Robert Sean Leonard (Neil Perry) and Ethan Hawke (Todd Anderson). At the beginning of the movie, they knew nothing about each other, but as time went on, they made friendships that would last forever. I especially loved the scene between Todd and Neil that involved a desktop set. (You’ll know when you see it). Their problems were issues with which almost everyone can relate. I can relate to Todd Anderson for being shy, thinking that nobody cares what you have to say, and that there are also people in this world whose lives are controlled by their parents like Neil. These issues connected the audience with the characters, so when their issues were resolved, good ending or not, we felt for them.


I loved how the movie showed how much Mr. Keating meant to the students at this school. His classes had a powerful effect, as each student developed into a more independent thinker. They used his advice to help them overcome any obstacle, like how Knox met this girl, Chris Noel, and was determined to ask her out. Neil discovered his passion for acting. Mr. Keating persuaded him to talk to his father about taking his life into his own hands, and Todd came out of his shell, becoming more confident. This is a teacher that I want in my own classes.

This movie becomes very emotional towards the end. I’m not going to say what happens, but I was watching this movie with my mom and she was crying at the end. It is very hard for a movie to make me cry, but this one got me close. When the movie was at its final scene, I felt chills.

The only problem I had with this movie is that the movie focused on the boys more than it did Mr. Keating. He felt more of a side character then the main character. Other than that, this movie was outstanding!

So…carpe diem! Grab your favorite snack, watch this movie and seize the day! You won’t regret it.

P.S. This is my first review, all constructive criticism is welcome, thank you for reading!

4 stars for Dead Poets Society

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