Dead Poet’s Society

One of my favourite movies ever!

The human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

dps-titleMost people don’t even know that the movie was actually based on a book. Let me tell you, it’s more than just “based on” a book…it IS the book. Almost word for word. The dialogue, the scenes, the plot, the sequence, the characters…everything is the same! When does one ever find that in a book-turned-movie? Having seen the movie dozens of times, I know most of the dialogue by heart. Which is probably why I finished the entire book between nothing more than my morning and evening commute. It was almost as if I was reading a detailed screenplay. There were two instances where the plot goes deeper than the movie, but not enough to make a significant difference.

This was both good and bad in my opinion. It’s good to know that a movie can indeed be more than just faithful to the book that inspired it. At the same time, one always expects so much more out of a book. I wanted it to last longer and delve deeper into the relationships between the boys as well as their individual feelings with Mr. Keating. Todd Anderson was the only character who I understood more about from reading the book. Everyone else remained identical to what I see on screen. Nevertheless, I still teared up with Neil Perry’s final scene (I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen the movie…though I can’t imagine who those people are) and at the final “O Captain, My Captain”s.

If you want a taste of the movie without getting up to put the DVD in, then read the book. It’s the identical experience. Moving words, lovely characters, and a heartwarming story about how one teacher can make a difference against all odds.

 

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