A wonderful film about an English professor, John Keating (Robin Williams) who inspires his students to be different.
I watched this film back in December and fell head over heels in love with it. It takes a bit of time to settle into itself but when it gets going it does so with aplomb.
At its core is the story of a person who inspires his students to break the rules and to go against the grain. The issue of the youth making their mark is not a new problem – hell, its probably as old as millennia – but conformity is an issue which is never going to go away.
Williams played the role with a sparkle which was never missing from his roles, and it shows how much he is missed in film now he is gone. The character of Neil (Robert Sean Leonard) was the most tragic of all because his family were oppressing him and forcing him to essentially be dead inside, and even when he tried to find an escape through his acting, it wasn’t enough.
I think everyone should watch this film. It’s too much of a cliché to call it a ‘coming of age’ drama but it will certainly force the viewer to question their own rigid conformity to a society which demands it.
MY RATING: **** / *****
(Also, before I forget – Happy Valentine’s Day!) or something.