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Dead Poets Society - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Dead Poets Society
Finally bought this DVD; been meaning to for ages.

I love it still, and the performances are just great. The use of music is great. The poetry is great. The plot... it's all good.

Except... the central emotional event, Neil's suicide, always seems way off the deep end. Yes, maybe one crazy father, but the mother--her character makes no sense. She knows something's wrong--she's shown giving Neil a sympathetic look--and does nothing to try and mediate. And even the dad is so far off normal behavior that it's hard to believe he actually does what he needs to do for the plot.

Once one is past that difficulty, though, it's back to spectacular drama and great performances.

I did get a laugh though--just for a kick, I went over to FFN to check out their DPS section. On the front page, stories made a point of noting that they're not, in fact, slash.

And where's the House crossover, dammit? Wilson, who is older than he looks, is actually Neil's love child with some girl from the play! And he's finally a doctor, just like his grandfather wanted, but his grandfather won't accept him because he's illegitimate...! ;p
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From: boldsunshine Date: April 21st, 2007 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I love, love, LOVE this film.

"Aw, come on, who gave us half a roll?"

"I'm eating the other half!"
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2007 02:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. The boys are very real boys (though the real boys I know wouldn't do poetry, if they did, this is how they would do it). Two seconds into the cave and, "Let's take a break--food?"
From: boldsunshine Date: April 21st, 2007 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
And of course, one of them is already at the food. Hehe. Boys will be boys, even if they're spouting poetry.
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kikei From: kikei Date: April 21st, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
And where's the House crossover, dammit? Wilson, who is older than he looks, is actually Neil's love child with some girl from the play! And he's finally a doctor, just like his grandfather wanted, but his grandfather won't accept him because he's illegitimate...! ;p

Actually, I remember seeing a fanvid that explained that if Neil hadn't comitted suicide and gone on to be a doctor, he'd be Wilson. It was rather well done and such... *looks for link* here!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XLFqHy00R-w

-Kiks
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2007 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Neat. (Though I must say, he's the best looking guy pushing seventy I've seen.)
kikei From: kikei Date: April 21st, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
true that. they don't make them like that anymore.

-Kiks
lyras From: lyras Date: April 22nd, 2007 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, that was good. Thanks for linking!
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: April 21st, 2007 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Dead Poet's Society is my favorite movie of all times. It just...embodies the awesomeness that I love of life, I suppose. It's one of those movies I like to watch all by myself. And Robin Williams...wow. So much love for him. Seriously.

And I don't even like poetry that much.
ivylore From: ivylore Date: April 21st, 2007 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
My high school english teacher required us to go see this as part of our class. I haven't seen it in ages, and I'm sure I would shred it apart now, but still... I have very good memories of it. ;)
lareinenoire From: lareinenoire Date: April 21st, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Dead Poets' Society. That film has a Special Place in my heart. Though have you seen The History Boys? It's got something of a DPS feel, but far far weirder (and slashier). I was practically dying from laughter most of the way through.

And hee, House crossover. Someone ought to write that who's seen more House than I have.
ladyelaine From: ladyelaine Date: April 21st, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The boarding school I went to was like a cross between Dead Poets Society and Real Genius.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: April 21st, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen it, but I've always meant to. I should get on that.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 21st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, I totally spoiled the plot... Sorry!
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: April 22nd, 2007 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah, I think I pretty much knew all that from general cultural osmosis. It's ok.
lyras From: lyras Date: April 22nd, 2007 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree that the suicide is over the top, but isn't it the sort of thing a teenager might do, whereas an adult might have more perspective? It's very Romeo and Juliet. Also, this doesn't bother me particularly, but Neil's parents are little more than ciphers, from what I remember.

I loved this film so passionately as a teenager, I'm almost scared to revisit it. I'm glad it stood up to a rewatch, for you!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 22nd, 2007 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
It's more of the parents' actions leading up to it that make it unbelievable. Yeah, it would be like a teenager to decide his life is over when he has to give up a dream, but getting to that points requires the parents to play it so far over the top that it's hard to believe the situation.
dalf From: dalf Date: May 12th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Regardign the parental difficulty I think they were trying to write a sterotype of a time and a place and a type of father who sends his son to boarding school because he can't be bothered but also demands totaly control over the son. The typeof father who sees his son as "another of his achievments" and nothign more. That type of person woudl see betrayl in any disobediance from his son and from any disagreement form his wife. She was I think partly the same type of person as him and only motherhood had softened her but not enough.
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