Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, and Ethan Hawke, is an amazing movie about seizing the day. With Williams playing Professor John Keating, he teaches a classroom full of young men to go against the status quo, to live life not only with knowledge but with feeling and passion, and teaches it all through the beauty of poetry and writing. The ending is profoundly moving, even if it is bittersweet. I feel that it’s true to life, and the teachings this movie gifts will always stay with me.
In a world obsessed with material wealth and money, the lessons of Dead Poets Society definitely hit home. Many people live through life with certain expectations, of needing money to pay bills and college tuition, that they forget what they are passionate about. They forget what they are actually living for. Dead Poets Society calls the world out on it, asking us not to forgot why we are living.
This movie focuses on Keating’s teachings and how it affects the core players of his class. Each young man reacts differently, twisting the story to allow viewers multiple viewpoints. Will you be like Richard the conformist or Charlie the rebel? Perhaps your Neal, inspired but nervous to forge your own path, or Todd, a quiet individual whose personality unfolds just as the story does?
When you seize the day, how will you do it?
Released in 1989 and rated PG, Dead Poets Society is a touching movie that everyone — from scholars to artists to everything in between — should watch at least once, if only for this lesson: “… You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.”