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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

DEAD POETS SOCIETY [1989]

Director Peter Weir manages to squeeze out an early straight-faced performance from Robin Williams in the period drama Dead Poets Society.
Williams is impeccable as an unconventional English teacher, in a stuffy all-boys prep school, that takes it upon himself to teach his wide-eyed class about seizing the day and boldly take a free-thinking approach to the life that they want to lead.
It makes no attempt to subtly lay down it's message with many an emotionally manipulative moment that almost insults the viewer.  The heart overpowers it's intelligence, which it's lack of is hidden beneath strong performances, gorgeous cinematography and richly realized tone and atmosphere.  It's got it's heart in the right place but fails to find much of a free-thinking brain to equal it.

3 phone calls from God out of 5

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