The Graduate Iconic In Its Time, But Now F.otten.-ssport

Movies-TV Anyone and everyone who has gone to college since the late 1960s has heard the same thing, you NEED to see the graduate! Usually this suggestion and praise for the film .es from parents or friends of the family who went through their own anti-establishment phases and like to live vicariously through Dustin Hoffmans exploits. I recently sat down to watch The Graduate for the first time and I must say that I was not impressed. Perhaps if I had viewed it closer to the time it was released I may have felt differently, but the message is lost in 2012. Do not get me wrong, after mulling it over I can see why The Graduate is heralded as a great film. It pits the changing attitudes of the youth against the strict, upper class society and is in every sense of the word a .ing of age film. Dustin Hoffmans character, Benjamin Braddock, is constantly trying to be controlled by his elders. His father pressures him to figure out his future, Mrs. Robinson seduces and makes demands of him, Mr. Robinson pressures him to take Elaine out, and family friends hound him about his future and plastics. However, once you get past the social .mentary the film confusing and convoluted. Benjamin is obviously a talented individual as he is referred to as a track star and his winning of a prestigious scholarship adds credence to his intellect, but for all of these supposed traits he is decidedly neurotic and nervous. His social interactions are painful to watch, yet everyone seems to be in love with him. While the acting prowess of Dustin Hoffman cannot be ignored, it is simply baffling that so many people would find adoration in Benjamin. Of course this changes after his encounters with the seductive Mrs. Robinson, and Ben immediately (at least on screen) turns into a self centered, precocious, and antagonistic twenty something who exudes confidence. This change .es about quickly and without much explanation but the .parison can be made that intimate relations equals bravado. Ben goes as far as to sabotage his first date with Elaine, Mrs. Robinsons daughter, by driving recklessly (and mostly wrecklessly), and taking her to a gentlemans club in which she is accosted by one of the dancers. Yet through all of this, somehow Ben has a change of heart and manages to convince Elaine that he is in love with her, and for some reason Elaine falls in love with him maybe that point is never really clarified. The film makes giant assumptions on human nature and tendencies, and frankly the editing was below par. When Benjamin interrupts the wedding, Mrs. Robinson looks like she is thrilled and stops Mr. Robinson by saying, he is doing it! Yet later in the scene she is trying to tear Elaine away from Ben with rabid fury and malice in her eyes. I can appreciate the fact that The Graduate was ground breaking for its time, but now it seems strange and out of place. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: