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Dead Poets Society (1989) | Retro Review

“O Captain, My Captain!”

Dead Poets Society is like a warm hug for your soul, set in the buttoned-up halls of Welton Academy during the late 1950s. It follows a bunch of boys who find themselves under the wing of the academy’s new English teacher, John Keating (played by the incomparable Robin Williams). Keating isn't your typical teacher; he's all about breaking rules, seizing the day, and finding the magic in poetry. Along the way, he forms the Dead Poets Society, a secret club where these boys learn more than just rhymes and meter – they learn about themselves.

It is one of those movies that just sticks with you, like a song you can't get out of your head (but in a good way). Robin Williams absolutely shines as the English Teacher, Mr Keating, bringing his trademark humor and heart to the role. You can't help but root for him as he inspires these kids to think outside the box and live life to the fullest.

The rest of the cast ain't too shabby either. Ethan Hawke as Todd Anderson and Robert Sean Leonard as Neil Perry give standout performances, each grappling with their own demons and dreams. And not to forget about the gorgeous cinematography, Welton Academy has never looked so picturesque.

The script is both touching and thought-provoking, blending moments of laughter with ones that pull at your emotions. Sure, some of the supporting characters might come off a bit one-note, and you might see the climax coming from a mile away, but that doesn't take away from the overall experience.

Dead Poets Society is more than just a movie; it's a lesson in living life on your own terms and finding the beauty in words. No matter when you watch this movie, it will stay relevant forever!

TSHC Score: 9/10


Dead Poets Society is the kind of movie you'll want to watch again and again, reminding you to embrace every moment and follow your passions, no matter what. So go ahead, seize the day – and maybe even jot down a poem or two while you're at it. Carpe diem!


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