College Writing – Movie Review (Dead Poets Society)

This is also one of my weekly assignments. After watching the movie, Dead Poets Society, we were required to write a review about the story. And this is my work. I’m not quite sure about how to write a good movie review, but I hope this is okay. Let me know what you think! Enjoy!!!


Taking place in America in late 1950s, Dead Poets Society follows the life of teenagers in Welton Academy, a famous prep school in America. The story circulates particularly around seven boys. Neil Perry, a boy who is forced to study to be a doctor when all he wants to do is acting; Todd Anderson who has a name to uphold as a second Anderson in the academy; Knox Overstreet with his fight for love; Charlie Dalton or later known as Nuwanda, the rebellious guy; Steven Meeks the smart one; Gerard Pitts who wishes to rise above his name; and Richard Cameron, the worrywart of the group. Starting as normal students, they started to learn to appreciate life from their English teacher, John Keating, portrayed by Robin Williams. They find ways to live life to the fullest through poetry and the group they are in, Dead Poets Society. As the story goes, each characters show a great deal of change in their lives, but the biggest change is in the character of Todd Anderson, played by Ethan Hawke. Being the second generation of the Anderson to go to Welton Academy put a lot of burden on his shoulder, but because of Keating’s unique teaching style and his friends’ help, he can be more like himself and less a shadow of his brother. The theme of this movie is the phrase Carpe Diem, a Latin phrase for Seize the Day. All the choices the characters make in the movie are based on this phrase. They want to live their life to the fullest and so when the time comes, there will be no regrets. Just like one of the poem said,” Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Old time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day. Tomorrow will be dying.”


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