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February 04, 2008

The Graduate

While Some Like it Hot was better than I expected it to be, I didn't honestly enjoy The Graduate as much as I thought I would. That's not to say it's not worth watching, it is. It's a great film, and one of the first to accurately chronicle the "generation gap" and the aimless post graduate boredom. And it's very well acted. Dustin Hoffman is excellent in it. And also, you have to respect the general artiness of the film, the way its shot . There's a Point Of View underwater scuba scene alone is worth watching the film for. (you'll know what I'm talking about if you see it.)

But I think it could have used an editor. There is a part right after Dustin Hoffman decides to chase his true love in Berkley where they play Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Faire about 7 different times. And sadly, I think I'm only exaggerating by 2 there. Oh, and I don't know if I'd even call it a comedy. It's more like a very good drama with funny sections. That observation might reveal me as an idiot, but there are long stretches with no laughs.

But overall, it's an excellent film. I know I'm sounding kind of negative here, but that's because I kind of assume these films are going to be awesome, so I'm discussing the things that didn't work for me.

The ending really scores, though. It's another reason I don't think it's a comedy. Because it's not happy. I mean, it seems happy, but in a very clever way, you can tell that it's not.

2 – Watch it because you'll like it.
Remember, I'm grading on a scale here. Since I'm watching only "incredible" movies, a 1 is still very good.

Posted by elanyarts on February 4, 2008 01:43 AM

Comments

I love the look on their faces at the end in the bus. It goes from smiles to.... not smiles. That was such a good scene. I liked it kinda and kinda i didn't. Overall, if you have an interest in movies, this is a good one to watch.

Posted by: paul on February 4, 2008 02:07 AM

the ending really is perfect. they realize that they were caught up in the excitement and the emotion, but after that settles, they realize that they barely know each other. not only is the thrill gone, but they begin thinking they've possibly made a huge mistake. and as this realization hits, we hear, "hello darkness, my old friend." brilliant...

Posted by: sean on February 6, 2008 06:53 PM

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